SANDY HOOK: TEEN DROWNS IN OCEAN

sandy hook 061712Sandy Hook as seen from the Azzolina Bridge in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A Middlesex County teenager died hours after being pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook Tuesday evening, NJ.com reports.

Sarmad Rizvi, 17, of South Plainfield, “disappeared into the ocean” while swimming with family and friends off an unguarded beach between areas C and D,  the news site reported.

An earlier report attributed the death to drowning.

National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun told NJ.com that Rizvi’s friends and relatives alerted lifeguards sometime after 5 p.m. that they could no longer see him in the water.

From the report:

Lifeguards found him unresponsive and he was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Yun said. He was pronounced dead around 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday, she said.

Lifeguards remain on duty at Sandy Hook until 6 p.m.