Three Rescued From Rip Currents in Harvey Cedars
Three swimmers were rescued by Harvey Cedars lifeguards and other emergency responders when they got caught in rip currents Sunday afternoon. Police Chief Robert Burnaford said that at approximately 2:15, Officers Tim Butler and Kevin Snow responded to the 77th Street beach for swimmers in distress. Snow entered the water along with members of the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol to successfully bring all three victims back to shore
Burnaford said one of the swimmers, Steven Robinson, was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin by the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad for evaluation. Joseph Singer and Michael Robinson were the other two victims but refused medical attention.
“This was a great team effort by the beach patrol, police department, fire company and first aid squad,” said the chief. “We always urge beachgoers to swim near a lifeguard.”
Randy Townsend, beach patrol captain, said the rescue took place three blocks away from the guarded beach at 80th Street.
“The lifeguard stationed there and another one on our mobile unit participated in the rescue,” he said.
Townsend said that in September, the Middlesex Street beach has been guarded every day while the 80th Street beach is manned on weekends.
“Normally, the cutoff date for guarding the beaches would have been after Friday (Sept. 30),” he said. “But with this being Chowderfest Weekend when a lot of people are coming to the Island, we’re looking at keeping those beaches guarded, depending on the weather.” —E.E.