Raven SantanaJul 17, 2017, 5:49 pmJul 18, 2017, 8:12 am

Sandy Hook officials urge beach safety after drowning

A 12-year-old girl died and lifeguards of the Sandy Hook beach want swimmers to take safety precautions before swimming


“This is a warning to everyone; riptides, sandbars, changing conditions in the water are all things that lead to disaster, particularly to unguarded beaches.”

Pete McCarthy, the unit manager for Sandy Hook wants swimmers to take safety precautions before heading into the water after a 12-year old girl died when she drowned here at the beach on Sunday night.

According to McCarthy, lifeguards were still on duty when they pulled the unidentified girl from the water just before 6 p.m. and administered CPR.

She was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center where she died this morning. Beachgoers that spoke with FiOS1 News say lifeguards could be seen and heard blowing whistles all day.

“Right now, today they were blowing the whistles all over, they always do,” said beachgoer Nicolina Simone. “Devastated; this is like so many times this summer.”

The drowning comes in the wake of 100 rescues within the past two weeks.

“That’s how busy it was and that’s going up,” continued McCarthy. “We have five beaches and 100 rescues here. The tide conditions change on a consistent basis and it depends on where the wind is and what tide it island that really determines things.

Sandy Hook has 80 lifeguards on duty seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. McCarthy has some simple warning for those heading into the water:

“People get in trouble on a consistent basis when they don't know they conditions so it can be someone going far out, but it can be someone in a foot and half or water too.If you do not have the ability to swim, you should not go in the water.”


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