A northern New Jersey man died late Monday, hours after he was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean off an unprotected beach in Sea Bright, NJ.com reported Tuesday.
Kevin Searfoss, 18, of Rockaway, died at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch at 11 p.m., borough police Chief John Sorrentino told the publication.
From the report:
Searfoss was with a group of about 12 people on an unprotected stretch of beach just south of the Driftwood Cabana Club when he went swimming with another person, Sorrentino said.
At around 1 p.m., lifeguards from the nearby cabana club rushed over to where the beachgoers were after hearing them yelling and screaming, Sorrentino said. The beach club lifeguards then contacted Seabright lifeguards and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Lifeguards were able to pull one of the swimmers out fairly quickly, Sorrentino said. He did not need medical attention.
But Searfoss was submerged under water and wasn’t located by lifeguards until about 20 minutes later, Sorrentino said.
Sorrentino told NJ.com that the two swimmers were pulled out to sea by a riptide.