Man dies while swimming in rough water off Jersey shore

JERSEY SHORE, N.J. — A man died in an apparent drowning while swimming in rough water off a beach at the New Jersey shore, authorities said.

His wife and young son watched from the beach as first responders tried to save him, NJ.com reports.

Officers in Seaside Heights responded shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday to a report of a man struck by a wave and floating in the ocean.

NJ.com reports that three officers entered the water and reported strong rip currents. They were joined by water rescue units and the man was brought to shore.

Emergency responders began CPR efforts but the 44-year-old New Brunswick resident was pronounced dead at the scene. His name wasn’t immediately released.

Police Chief Tommy Boyd told the Asbury Park Press that the wave may have broken the man’s neck and left him incapacitated. Officials said lifeguards weren’t on duty at the time.

The man’s death is the second surf-related death Saturday.

New York authorities are on a recovery mission for a 17-year-old boy who was swept away while swimming at Rockaway Beach.

Shortly after 5 p.m. the teen and his two friends were swept away by the current. Two made it out of the water, but the search continues to recover the missing teen.