A 21-year-old New Jersey man drowned at a state park in Ocean Metropolis on Friday, park officers mentioned.
Nathaniel Figueroa, of Vineland, drowned within the waters off of Corson’s Inlet State Park on Friday after probably getting caught in a rip present, state park police advised NJ.com.
Swimming is just not permitted on the state park, officers mentioned.
Based on a web-based obituary, Figueroa, who glided by “Nito,” was enrolled at Rowan School of South Jersey.
The drowning is already the fifteenth this 12 months in New Jersey, NJ.com reported.
A minimum of 21 individuals have drowned in New York and New Jersey waters since April, amid a nationwide lifeguard scarcity that has left crowded seashores unprotected as summer season formally kicked off this week.
On Thursday, Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced the state shall be boosting lifeguard pay to draw extra candidates to state seashores.
Based on knowledge obtained by the Submit, New York Metropolis has staffed half as many lifeguards this 12 months in comparison with final and almost a 3rd as many as 2016.
Mayor Eric Adams mentioned on Tuesday he would evaluate lifeguard employment rules after it was reported that the Division of Citywide Administrative Providers has been rejecting waiver requests from the town’s first responders to work as lifeguards, regardless of having signed off on the paperwork in prior summers.