Boy, 15, drowns and five others taken to hospital at New Jersey beach

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Boy, 15, drowns and five others taken to hospital at New Jersey beach

A 15-year-old boy has drowned and four others were taken to hospital after they were swept away by a riptide while swimming at New Jersey beach with n

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A 15-year-old boy has drowned and four others were taken to hospital after they were swept away by a riptide while swimming at New Jersey beach with no lifeguards.

At least six people had to be rescued from the water off Sandy Hook Beach ‘B’  at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Five of them were rushed to medical centers, including the teen who was pronounced dead after arrival. 

The section of the beach was unguarded and swimming was prohibited. There are two signs warning beachgoers that it is an unprotected beach, meaning that there are no lifeguards and that swimming could put people in danger. It also says that swimming is prohibited and water conditions are subject to sandbars and severe drop-offs. 

Beachgoers reported hearing the boy’s mother crying out that she couldn’t see her son in the water after the group began to drift in the current.  

‘I saw them floating down. They were drifting. I didn’t know there was trouble until they got over here,’ eyewitness Marie Macera told ABC7. 

A 15-year-old boy has drowned and four others were taken to hospital after they were swept away by a riptide while swimming at New Jersey beach with no lifeguards

A 15-year-old boy has drowned and four others were taken to hospital after they were swept away by a riptide while swimming at New Jersey beach with no lifeguards

A 15-year-old boy has drowned and four others were taken to hospital after they were swept away by a riptide while swimming at New Jersey beach with no lifeguards

Beachgoers reported hearing the boy's mother crying out that she couldn't see her son in the water after the group began to drift in the current

Beachgoers reported hearing the boy's mother crying out that she couldn't see her son in the water after the group began to drift in the current

Beachgoers reported hearing the boy’s mother crying out that she couldn’t see her son in the water after the group began to drift in the current

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‘People jumped in the water, took three of them out. And then there was one missing that they couldn’t get,’ another witness, Luis Sanchez, told ABC7. 

The teen was then spotted in the water and the other members of the group gathered together to make a line with their hands to try and reach him. But at that point, the teen had already been in the water too long. 

‘They pulled him out, they started giving him CPR, and they couldn’t get him back,’ Sanchez said. ‘When it’s windy. The weather is like this – you get rip tides, and you can easily drown.’

According to the National Park Service, two people were taken to Jersey Medical Center and two were sent to Monmouth Medical Center. One reportedly denied medical attention.

The conditions of the other people taken to medical centers has not yet been released. 

None of the people involved have been identified. 

At least six people had to be rescued from the water off Sandy Hook Beach 'B' at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday

At least six people had to be rescued from the water off Sandy Hook Beach 'B' at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday

At least six people had to be rescued from the water off Sandy Hook Beach ‘B’ at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday

There are two signs warning beachgoers that it is an unprotected beach, meaning that there are no lifeguards and that swimming could put people in danger

There are two signs warning beachgoers that it is an unprotected beach, meaning that there are no lifeguards and that swimming could put people in danger

There are two signs warning beachgoers that it is an unprotected beach, meaning that there are no lifeguards and that swimming could put people in danger

Five people were rushed to medical centers, including one teen who was pronounced dead after arrival

Five people were rushed to medical centers, including one teen who was pronounced dead after arrival

Five people were rushed to medical centers, including one teen who was pronounced dead after arrival 

The section of the beach was unguarded and swimming was prohibited

The section of the beach was unguarded and swimming was prohibited

The section of the beach was unguarded and swimming was prohibited

Sunday’s incident at the unguarded beach marked the first rescue at the Gateway National Recreation Area this year, National Park Service spokesperson Daphne Yun told Patch.  

At least 10 of the 12 drowning deaths reported in 2022 occurred at unguarded beaches, according to the report.  

Beaches G, D, and C beaches at the recreation area are lifeguarded, with patrols on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Yun said.

Due to the magnitude of drowning deaths at New Jersey beaches last year, a Monmouth County assemblyman called for water safety instruction to be added as a mandatory element of the state Department of Education health and physical education curriculum.  

Beachgoers said it hurts to start off the season this way after a deadly summer last year. 

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