Woman seriously injured after trying to rescue children from ocean in Brigantine, New Jersey

BRIGANTINE, New Jersey (WPVI) – A woman is in critical condition after trying to save her two children in the ocean in Brigantine, New Jersey.

Police and firefighters responded to a 911 call around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday for a swimmer in distress

A witness called 911 and said the two children were overwhelmed by a wave.

The mother came to help, but also became upset, the witness said.

Beach Patrol said lifeguards were off duty for the day at the time, but were training nearby.

“A gentleman ran from 7th Street south to the guards here at 15th Street saying there was someone in trouble,” Brigantine Beach Patrol Leader Kip Emig said.

Rescuers rushed to help. A child had already come out of the water when they arrived on the scene.

The other child was in the ocean with his mother.

Beach Patrol said when the woman was pulled out of the ocean, she was unresponsive. They immediately started CPR; she was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.

The children were assessed and reunited with their families.

Emig said northeast May left hazards that are still underwater.

“There are still some pretty deep ravines and it’s very shallow beyond the ravine, but it’s quite deep just off the shore here,” Emig said.

He said lifeguards are trained to look for these dangers and know the conditions at the beach – another reason to swim in the ocean only when guards are in the stands.

Emig said there was usually a team of lifeguards on standby for several hours after guards left the stands at Brigantine. He said to always call 911 in an emergency so that all resources know to respond and help.

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