Summer of tragedy: 2 drownings in Sea Isle City this week
The Sea Isle City Police Department reports two people have accidentally died in ocean incidents since Monday afternoon.
The victims were the latest in a growing list of drownings this summer across the Garden State.
In the first incident, officers responded to the beach at 86th Street around 2:45 Monday afternoon after receiving reports of a medical emergency in the water. They arrived to life guards and good Samaritans performing CPR on 58-year-old Brian Zwaan, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
Zwann was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about two hours later. Officials say Zwaan died from head and neck injuries complicated by drowning.
On Wednesday afternoon, cops say a 74-year-old man, whose identity has not yet been released, was in the ocean at 59th Street when witnesses said he was knocked over by a large wave. The man reportedly remained underwater for some time. Following his rescue, the man was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center where he died earlier today.
Officials say both deaths have been ruled accidental.
Elsewhere on the coast this week, two swimmers drowned after going into the ocean after sundown. Lifeguards say swimming at night is dangerous.
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