NJ - Surfer saves swimmer from rip current at NJ beach; state sees 3 drownings over holiday weekend
Video shows Marine veteran Stephen Houser spotting Gabe McCabe as he struggles against the rip current on Long Beach Island.
BELMAR, N.J. -- Three swimmers have died, and several others had to be rescued due to rip currents in New Jersey over the weekend.
On Sunday, tragedy struck in Beach Haven, Ocean County, where lifeguards created a human chain to begin to search for a submerged swimmer. Two swimmers were pulled to the shore safely, but despite efforts by the police and EMS, a 22-year-old man was killed in the rough waves.
The man, identified as Edwin Antonio Made Sanches of the Dominican Republic, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Over in Belmar, police received a call for a group of swimmers in distress off the 6th Avenue Beach. Five swimmers were rescued. Officials also pulled the unresponsive body of a 42-year-old male swimmer and transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Later that evening, at Seaside Beach, police responded to reports of six swimmers in distress near Stockon Avenue.