WILDWOOD — Two hours after police started looking for a reported drowning victim on Sunday afternoon another drowning victim was pulled from the water, continuing what has been a deadly summer on the Jersey shore.

According to police, they were notified of a possible drowning at 12:50 on Sunday afternoon. At that time lifeguards from the Wildwood Beach Patrol were in the water attempting to help "several swimmers in distress." Upon returning to shore the lifeguards confirmed that a 35-year-old man from Middletown, Pa. was still missing.

A large search effort was undertaken at that time, including police, fire, and lifeguards from Wildwood, as well as neighboring North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. Search efforts were also aided by the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit, as well as the United States Coast Guard, according to police.

At 2:50 p.m. the body of a man was found in Wildwood Crest at Rambler Avenue, according to police. Lifeguards from the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol pulled the man's body from the water and started lifesaving measures. He was then taken to Cape May Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The man was not being identified as of Sunday night pending notification of his family.

This was not the first death reported at the shore this summer. Two young girls died after drowning in the water off of Belmar back in June. Two more young lives were lost that same night in Atlantic City as well. By the middle of July there had already been 10 child drownings in the state.

Last month in Cape May a human chain was used to help pull a swimmer in distress from the water after they had reportedly been trying to help other swimmers return to shore safely.

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