VIA – APP.COM
Beach closed after 3 hurt by rough surf in Harvey Cedars
5:20 PM, Aug. 5, 2011
HARVEY CEDARS — Three people were being treated at area hospitals after being rescued from rough surf by lifeguards Friday afternoon. The Middlesex Avenue beach was closed to swimmers, according to emergency medical officials.
A decision will be made today on whether to allow swimming.
The three people rescued suffered head and neck injuries in separate incidents in the ocean, according to Barnegat Light Ambulance Squad Capt. Bob Van Meter.
Van Meter said two people went by Barnegat Light ambulance to Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford and the third went to the trauma unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
Police Chief Tom Preiser said all three incidents happened at the Middlesex Avenue beach between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. He said the beach was closed to swimmers at 3:15 p.m. because of the rough surf.
He said Katie McAllister, 20, of Chicago was injured at 1:30 p.m. when waves pushed another person into her and both were forced to the bottom. She was rescued by lifeguards and treated for spinal injuries.
The chief said she was the most seriously injured and had to go to the trauma center because she “had no feeling in her hands and legs.”
Brian Clancy, 14, from Newtown, Pa., suffered a spinal injury, Preiser said. Clancy was caught in a shore break and pushed to the bottom. He was taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center, the chief said.
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