Update: 16 Year Old, Cape May Beach Patrol Lifeguard, Norman V. Inferrera III. Passed Away From Injuries Sustained In Lifeguard Boat Accident

August 21, 2021

CAPE MAY, NJ (CAPE MAY)–It is with great sadness that the City of Cape May announces the passing of Lifeguard Norman V. Inferrera III. 

Inferrera was involved in an incident which occurred off our Reading Avenue Beach on August 19, 2021. Based on current information, while rowing a lifeguard boat in the ocean, the boat was broadsided by a wave and flipped over. Inferrera was knocked unconscious. Fellow lifeguards responded immediately to his aid.

“My heart, prayers, and condolences go out to the Inferrera family”, said Mayor Zachary Mullock. “Even at such a young age, Norman was loved by his fellow Lifeguards. No words can express the sadness suffered by all of our Beach Patrol family.  Norman chose to protect others. He did so professionally and worked hard at it. That is an extraordinary attribute for anyone, especially at 16 years old. The Cape May community cares so deeply for those who protect us. I know this entire community is going to do anything it can for Norman’s family and friends.”

Cape May Beach Patrol Chief Harry Back expressed his condolences. “My thoughts and prayers are with the Inferrera family. He was a beloved member of our Beach Patrol family. Norman had a permanent smile on his face and was living out his dream to be a lifeguard.”   

City Manager Mike Voll said, “Chief Back and the entire Beach Patrol have shown the utmost professionalism, while simultaneously providing care to all those touched so deeply by Norman. I want to thank all of the Beach Patrols who gave their valuable assets and gave our Patrol help in this time of need.”

As we collectively grieve the passing of this bright light from our world, far too soon, we remind and encourage those needing an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on, to reach out to their support system and seek counseling. The City & Chief Back immediately provided grief counselors for all Beach Patrol staff. Those who may have already returned to their winter locales are always members of our Cape May family, and we stand ready to wrap our arms around all who need it.

A GofundMe was set up prior of Norman passing away by his aunt: 16 yr old Lifeguard loses his life

“The Lord called my beautiful nephew Norman home last night. The family is overwhelmed with sorrow. The bright light in this tragedy is the support and prayers that have been pouring in. We send love and blessings to each and every one of you.

Thank you for the continued acts of kindness as the hospital bills are going to be astronomical.” –Kathleen Inferrera Price