Woman, Three Children Rescued From Surf in Ship Bottom

Caught in Rip Current After Lifeguards Off Duty
Aug 29, 2013
Photo by: Gail Travers

Three children and an adult were rescued from the ocean by Good Samaritans late Sunday afternoon in Ship Bottom after lifeguards had left for the day.

Police Chief Paul Sharkey said a 911 call came in at 5:48 p.m. Aug. 25, reporting that four swimmers were in distress off the 25th Street beach.

When police arrived, four people who were on the beach at the time had already begun rescuing the swimmers. The victims were Victoria Dirosa, 41, her 10-year-old daughter and two 9-year-old boys.

“It looked like they got caught in a rip current,” said Sharkey.

He said the rescuers were identified as Kevin Mulholland, 22; David Wark, 53; Dave Phillips, 22; and Justin Vreeland, 21.

The towns of the swimmers and the rescuers were not available.

Sharkey said the mother and three young children were doing well and did not want medical treatment.

“It’s dangerous to go out swimming when lifeguards are not present,” said Sharkey. “These people were fortunate that four people risked their own safety to help get them out of the water.” —E.E.

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