August 20, 2021
CAPE MAY, NJ (CAPE MAY)–The City of Cape May released a statement today about an accident involving a lifeguard yesterday. See statement below:
The City of Cape May wishes to extend our thoughts and prayers for one of the members of our Beach Patrol and his family. An incident occurred off our Reading Avenue Beach on August 19, 2021, leaving one of our lifeguards in critical condition.
Based on current information, while rowing a lifeguard boat in the ocean, the boat was broadsided by a wave and flipped over. The guard was knocked unconscious. Fellow lifeguards responded immediately to his aid. Out of respect for the family’s wishes, no other information is available at this time.
The positive impact he has had on our beach patrol is evident based on the large outpouring of love and support from his fellow guards and the Cape May community. The City of Cape May would like to thank the quick actions of the Cape May Beach Patrol, Chief Harry Back, and all first responders. The City would also like to send our deepest gratitude to all South Jersey Beach Patrols who have sent their lifeguards to the City to assist.