Cape May, NJ lifeguard, 16, dies after ocean row boat accident
CAPE MAY — A 16-year-old lifeguard at one of Cape May’s beaches has died after a fatal incident while the teen was on-duty Thursday.
Norman V. Inferrera, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, had been rowing a lifeguard boat in the ocean off Reading Avenue Beach when a wave capsized the boat, according to city officials.
Inferrera suffered severe injuries and died a day later, according to Cape May Police and a GoFundMe campaign setup to benefit his family.
“My heart, prayers, and condolences go out to the Inferrera family”, Cape May Mayor Zachary Mullock said in a written release. “Even at such a young age, Norman was loved by his fellow Lifeguards.”
Cape May Beach Patrol Chief Harry Back also remembered the teen.
“He was a beloved member of our Beach Patrol family. Norman had a permanent smile on his face and was living out his dream to be a lifeguard,” Back said in a written statement.
Grief counselors were made available for all Cape May Beach Patrol staff.
A GoFundMe campaign setup by the teen’s aunt had raised more than $143,000 as of Sunday.
Inferrera was a student at Phoenixville High School, according to a church in his hometown which also shared the tragic update on Facebook.