A 10-year-old boy injured in the surf off Beach Haven late this morning is “ok,” his mother said.
In a comment on Jersey Shore Hurricane News’ Facebook page, Rebecca Cullen McDaniel said her son’s x-rays “all looked fine.”
“Thank you to all who expressed concern. He is a very strong swimmer and was not that far out and was being well supervised by his family. It was just one of those things that can happen,” she wrote. “Luckily he is ok and can learn from this experience. We have always taught him a healthy respect for the ocean but I believe this reinforced it for him.”
The boy was swimming near the 5th Avenue beach when he sustained a possible neck injury, police said.
Lifeguards assisted the boy until EMS arrived to transport him to an area hospital.
Early this morning, the National Weather Service issued a “Beach Hazards Statement,” advising of rough surf through possibly the weekend.
The statement advised that swells will not only enhance the danger of rip currents “but can also knock swimmers and waders flat into the sand, causing injury.”
Swim only in designated areas watched by the beach patrols. This will help ensure greatest safety in what probably will be a long stretch of fairly rough conditions on Atlantic Ocean exposed beaches,” it continued.
The National Weather Service advises tomorrow and Wednesday will feature the most dangerous conditions.