A teenager drowned and five others were pulled from the water on a New Jersey beach over Memorial Day weekend.
Meanwhile, four great white sharks were spotted swimming off the coast of New York and New Jersey beaches ahead of the bank holiday weekend. The death and rescue efforts were not related to the shark sightings.
A 15-year-old boy drowned while swimming at Sandy Hook Beach in New Jersey just after 4 p.m. Sunday, ABC News reported. His mother was heard screaming that she couldn’t see him over the water at the beach, which had no lifeguards.
“People jumped into the water” to help different swimmers, “and then one was missing that they couldn’t get,” witness Luis Sanchez told the news outlet.
“They pulled him out, started CPR and couldn’t resuscitate him,” Sanchez said.
According to the Asbury Park Press, four of the survivors were transported to Monmouth Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The fifth survivor refused medical attention. Her condition was initially unknown.
The incidents occurred at Beach B in the National Recreation Area in Monmouth County.
Four great white sharks were sighted in New Jersey and New York waters in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day weekend. The non-profit marine research group OCEARCH tracked the male predators using electronic tracking devices that are triggered when a shark breaches the ocean’s surface.
These include the 9-foot-long Simon, who was tracked off the coast of Fire Island in New York on May 2. Jekyll, which measures 8 feet 8 inches, was pinged near Long Island on May 15, while Keji measures more than 2.5 meters. A 9 1/2 foot specimen was spotted in the same area two days later. Measuring 9ft 2in, Frosty was spotted off the coast of Rhode Island.
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