Emergency crews, boats search for missing swimmer off Wildwood, New Jersey coast; 3 others rescued

WILDWOOD, New Jersey (WPVI) — Emergency crews are still searching for a missing swimmer in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Wildwood, New Jersey.

Chopper 6 was over the scene just south of the Wildwoods Convention Center, near the Andrews Avenue beach.

The call came in around 4 pm Tuesday for swimmers in distress.

According to Wildwood Fire Chief Ernie Troiano, one swimmer made it out and two others were rescued.

The search continues for a fourth swimmer who authorities identified as a male. Authorities say it’s now a recovery mission.

“As we brought them in we were informed there was another individual that went missing and got a description on the male. We went into an aggressive rescue operation,” said Troiano.

The operation included US Coast Guard boats and a helicopter, along with local marine units and a sonar boat.

The view from Chopper 6 showed rescue teams forming a human chain to search for the missing man.

At one point we saw rescue teams form a human chain and walk through the water.

Troiano says he was able to speak with one of the men who was rescued.

“It sounded like they were trying to swim back in, may have been caught in a rip (current). Instead of going parallel with the beach and letting it spit you out and then coming, they might have been trying to fight against it and they got overcome,” said Troiano.

The missing swimmer has not been identified.

Troiano wants to remind everyone that the beaches aren’t fully staffed with lifeguards at this point in the season. He says you should never swim without a lifeguard present. You also should never be as far out as these men were.

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