Ocean Kills Three; Authorities Decline To Press Charges


ASSOCIATED PRESS: TRENTON, N.J. – Storm-driven waves and currents appear to have claimed the lives of three swimmers at the Jersey shore, authorities said Sunday. One swimmer drowned and another is missing following a Saturday evening swim off the Wildwood beach, while a swimmer died after being rescued from waves in Atlantic City on Saturday afternoon. The tricky surf is because of Bertha, now a tropical storm, far out in the Atlantic Ocean and approaching Bermuda. Coast Guard personnel, using a vessel and a helicopter, searched for the missing swimmer in Wildwood until 7:29 a.m. Sunday, when the effort was halted, Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris McLaughlin said. “It’s beyond the chance of survivability for someone to be out there without a life vest,” McLaughlin said. MORE

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