Man dies after saving nephew from drowning in Wildwood rip current
A Maryland man who saved his nephew's life in WIldwood on Sunday has died.
Adan Guevara, 29, of Rosedale, Maryland, pushed his 15-year-old nephew to safety but got caught in a rip current and carried further out to sea, according to a YouCaring page created by his coworkers at the Ground Control Baltimore School.
Guevara died from his injuries early Tuesday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. Sunday after lifeguards had left their posts for the day.
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said there was an elevated risk of rip currents late this past Sunday afternoon.
"There's always a risk for them but when ocean currents and the on shore flow come together, rips become more frequent, numerous and stronger."
Zarrow advises that if you find yourself in the "grip of the rip," don't try to swim against the current toward the beach, but swim parallel to the shoreline until the current lets up.
"You can't fight the rip," Zarrow said.
Noting that there have been two major rescues that occurred while the lifeguards were off-duty in the Wildwoods the mayors of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest issued a statement advising all swimmers to swim only when a lifeguard is on duty and to be familiar with the rules of the beach.
“The ocean and beach are the most beautiful, environmental assets that our communities have to offer, but it does not come without risk,” said Wildwood Crest Mayor Carl Groon. “Swimming without lifeguards on duty can be the difference between life and death.”