BELMAR — A man in his 20s died Monday after drowning in the Atlantic Ocean off 8th Avenue Beach, police said.
The victim was found around 1.22pm nearly an hour after a group of swimmers had to be rescued from the pier area, police said.
Several Good Samaritans on the beach attempted to save the swimmers but were unable to do so, police said.
Police, lifeguards and lifeguards from Belmar arrived on the scene after the initial 12:29 p.m. call to authorities and were able to remove the swimmers from the ocean, police said.
One person was missing and additional emergency personnel were called to the waterfront to extend the search from the victim’s last known location in the water. Eventually rescuers retrieved his body from the sea. He was taken by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Another person who was rescued was also taken to Jersey Shore for further treatment, police said.
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A full investigation into the circumstances of the incident is currently underway, police said.
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No lifeguard was on duty Monday and large signage is posted along the boardwalk to alert bathers to that fact. Full-time Belmar Beach Patrol coverage does not begin until the end of the week.
No information was released Monday evening on the identity of the victim or the other bathers involved.
The Belmar Police Department, Belmar Beach Patrol, Belmar Water Rescue Team, Belmar EMS, Neptune Area Network of Shore Water Emergency Responders (ANSWER), Neptune Drone Unit and Marine Unit, Manasquan Fire Department Marine Unit, Sea Girt Beach Patrol, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, New Jersey State Police and Coast Guard all responded to the scene, police said.
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