OCEAN CITY — Three young teens who got caught in the rough surf off the 10th Street Beach were rescued by nearby lifeguards early Saturday afternoon.

Lifeguards who were not officially on duty were nearby and rushed to the beach using personal watercraft and ATVs to rescue what they initially thought was two swimmers in distress, according to a release from the city. One of the lifeguards noticed a shirt floating in the waves of a third swimmer who was also rescued.

Two of the juveniles, both from Hammonton, were taken to Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. A 12-year-old boy from the Mays Landing section of Hamilton was breathing on his own but was unresponsive. He was first taken to Shore and then to the trauma center at Cooper University Hospital.

Ocean City Beach Patrol tower
Ocean City Beach Patrol tower (Chris Coleman, Townsquare Media NJ)

No update on third juvenile rescued

A city spokesman on Monday morning did not respond to New Jersey 101.5's request for an update on the condition of the 12-year-old.

There was a low risk of rip currents on Saturday but winds were gusting out of the southwest to nearly 25 mph with waves at 2-3 feet.

Also on Saturday, a 15-year-old Paterson boy drowned in the Great Notch Reservoir in Woodland Park. His body was recovered on Sunday morning by a diver from the Passaic County Sheriff's Department.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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