South Jersey beaches brought more than fireworks this Independence Day.
About 10 people were rescued by the Ventnor City Beach Patrol boat crew due to rip currents Wednesday, while in Atlantic City, members of the Beach Patrol pulled one adult and two juveniles from the water after dark.
At 4 p.m., a large rip current from the left side of the Newport Avenue beach went through bathers, according to Ventnor Beach Patrol Lt. David Funk.
“(This current) caused three to four people to get caught in the riptide and prompted the lifeguards to initiate a boat rescue,” Funk said.
The rescue was caught on video by a beachgoer.
There were three lifeguards in the water with cans, a boat crew and a personal watercraft for backup. Two of the three people were guided to shallow water while the third was brought into the boat.
The incident made for the second boat run and 10th rescue that day, Funk said. A boat run earlier in the day involved four to six people with the same issue.
Meanwhile, at 9:08 p.m. in Atlantic City, Beach Patrol Lt. Michael Sykes noticed a person wearing a white T-shirt in the water off the rock jetty at Tennessee Avenue, according to the Office of Emergency Management.
Sykes notified police and requested assistance before entering the water with Lt. Vince Granese and lifeguards Andrew Light and James Muller. Two underage swimmers were located, and the lifeguards pulled them from water onto the jetty.
Lifeguards from a neighboring district responded with a rescue personal watercraft and multiple off-duty lifeguards helped search for an adult man in the water, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. Edward Leon said.
The victims were treated by EMS at the scene. The city’s police and fire departments also responded.