Coast Guard rescues swimmer in distress off Belmar, NJ

A 47-foot MoA 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. File Photo by Auxiliarist David Lautor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. underway during. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Auxiliarist David Lau

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. File Photo by Auxiliarist David Lau

PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard rescued a man from the water off the coast of Belmar, New Jersey, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were notified at about 5:15 p.m. by Belmar Fire Rescue of a swimmer in distress off 16th Avenue.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and dispatched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet to assist.

The boat crew rescued the swimmer from the water and transported him to Station Manasquan Inlet where local EMS was waiting.

“While beach goers are looking to enjoy the apparent extension to their summer season, it is important to remember the increased risks posed by strong offshore weather systems,” said Lt. Chris Shivock, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Late summer and early fall are the peak of hurricane season in North America and they do not need to make landfall to have an impact. The large swells generated by these storms can create strong rip currents that pose a serious threat to swimmers and small personal water craft.” 

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