A young man is being treated at a Long Branch hospital after being rescued unconscious off Sea Bright early this afternoon, authorities said.
The 18-year-old, who authorities did not identify, was swimming with another person off an unguarded beach when the two got caught in a rip current in the southern end of the borough near Driftwood Cabana Club, according to a Sea Bright Fire Rescue spokesperson.
Chiefs Walter Olenhaus and Chad Murphy arrived on the scene within a minute of dispatch, and along with Sea Bright Ocean Rescue lifeguards, immediately entered the water to begin searching, the spokesperson said.
The victim was found after a quick search and brought to shore, where first responders performed CPR and restored his pulse, while the second person was uninjured, according to the spokesperson.
The young man was transported to Monmouth Medical Center and is listed in critical condition, according to a WABC report.
The National Weather Service forecast warned of a moderate risk of rip current development today.