A man died while trying to rescue his daughter Friday at Avon Beach, according to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.
As first reported by News12 New Jersey, officials say the teenage girl got swept out to sea. At approximately 8:30 am, the teen went for a swim by the jetty and got caught in a rip current which pulled her out into the ocean. Her father, a man in his late 30s whose name has not been released, jumped into the ocean and attempted to rescue her.
According to the local authorities, rescue crews arrived on scene and were able to pull the girl out, but there was no sign of her dad. Additional guards, jet ski crews and helicopters aided in the search and eventually located the man’s body in the water. News 12 reported that the girl was in stable condition. The victim and his daughter were from Teaneck.
There were no lifeguards on duty at the time of the incident. Many New Jersey beaches don’t fully staff lifeguards until mid-June when water temperatures rise and crowds flock to the shore.