Berkeley Township, NJ (AP) —A young lifeguard was killed and seven people were injured, including three other lifeguards, when lightning struck the beach on the Jersey Shore on Monday afternoon.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy confirmed that Berkeley Township guards were killed in the afternoon.
Marked Second death A young jersey shore lifeguard shot in just over a week.
Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastro Nardi said others were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
“Our heart is with the family and friends of a young lifeguard who was killed by today’s horrific lightning strikes on the beaches of Berkeley Township. We wish the injured a full recovery,” said the Governor of the State Democratic Party. One Murphy wrote on Twitter. “I spoke with Mayor Carmen Amart and provided full support and support for our administration during this difficult time.”
Amato said the beaches in his town will be closed from Tuesday to Thursday as crisis counselors will be available to beach staff and lifeguards. Four were guards and the other four went to the beach.
“Today is a tragic and tragic day for our town and the entire Jersey Shore. This young man was there every day to save the lives of others. Our lifeguard team is on the coast. Like many people, during the summer we make special connections with our community and make this loss even greater.
“On behalf of myself and our entire community, I would like to express my deepest condolences to this young man’s family and friends,” he said.
Like other guards injured in lightning strikes, the identities of the dead guards were not immediately disclosed.
On Monday night, a handwritten note written in purple ink was left with flowers at the foot of the beach guard’s stand.
“We were on the beach today. Thank you for what you did for us by keeping us safe on the beach. We are very sorry for your loss.” Read.
Police were called at 4:31 pm to the beach on 21st Avenue in Berkeley Township, near the entrance to Island Beach State Park, just south of Seaside Park.
Pete Tortreli said thunder rang out of nowhere while caring for an outdoor bar one block away from the beach.
“It was a bit cloudy in one direction, but above all clear in the other, it was the first lightning bolt of the day,” he said. “Literally, two minutes after seeing the lightning bolt, all the police cars in this town were screaming down the street.”
Thomas Taberoni noticed that it was starting to cloud when he was in a seaside house 100 yards (90 meters) away from the lifeguard stand and said it was the loudest sound he had ever heard. rice field.
“Have you ever been to an air show that broke the sound barrier with a boom? Wasn’t it ready?” He asked. “This was 100 times larger than that.”
Linda McHugh was just out of the beach when she saw two big lightning bolts coming straight down. Soon, people went up the slope from the beach and down the wooden stairs to ensure their safety.
Police are investigating reports of lightning strikes in the town in a Facebook post and said they would release more information when they became available.
Police dispatchers said they couldn’t disclose any information other than what the agency posted on Facebook. A message is left to the police commander.
On August 20, 16-year-old lifeguard Norman Inferera III died the day after the accident at Cape May, on the southern tip of New Jersey. According to officials, the lifeboat he was rowing was struck by the waves and turned over, unknowingly knocking.
And August 12, 13 years old The boy died After a lightning strike at Orchard Beach in Bronx, New York City. Carlos Ramos was one of a group of people gathered on the beach during a lightning strike during a fast-moving storm. The other six were also injured in the lightning strike.
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