Bystanders rescue 2 girls from Bradley Beach rip currents
BRADLEY BEACH — Two girls were rescued by fellow beachgoers on an unguarded beach on Tuesday.
Two men ran into the ocean at the 2nd Avenue Beach early in the afternoon when the 11- and 14-year-olds from Tinton Falls got caught up in a rip current, according to Police Chief Leonard Guida.
Guida said an EMS crew checked out the girls, whose parents were on the beach. They were not hospitalized.
No lifeguards are on duty in Bradley Beach for the rest of the year, according to the borough website.
Photojournalist Bud McCormick said he saw at least one of the girls being given oxygen as then were taken off the beach on a beach vehicle.
"The police department has been on the beach all day monitoring the surf, which is rough. It's extremely rough," Guida said. There was also a moderate risk of rip currents posted for Tuesday.
McCormick said despite a large sign warning of no lifeguards on duty and a rough surf, "a thousand" people were on the beach. Temperatures were in the mid 80s on Tuesday afternoon.
It has been a deadly summer at Jersey Shore beaches with at least a dozen reported drownings from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The latest was on Sunday, when a Pennsylvania man drowned in Wildwood.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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