WILDWOOD, NJ – On Friday, July 3, 2020, at 6:29 pm. Wildwood Police Depart1nen1 Emergency Co1nmunica1ions operators received an emergency 911 call reporting a possible drowning with CPR in progress, at the Beachside Resort located at 3700 Atlantic Avenue in the City of\Vildwood.
Emergency responders fro1n bo1h 1hc Wildwood Police and Wildwood Fire Dcpartmcnts responded and assumed resuscitation efforts from ci1i2ens on scene. The victim, whose name is being withheld at 1his time, is a six-year-old male child from Philadelphia. The boy was transported to Cape Regional Medical Cen1cr where lifesaving efforts continued.
In Wildwood, hotel and motel pools do not require lifeguards.
“Unfortunately, the efforts of our first responders and the hospital medical staff were unsuccessful in reviving this young child,” the police department said. “This incident will remain under investigation by the Wildwood Police Department Detec1ive Division and 1hc Cape 1vlay County Prosecutors Major Cri1ncs Unit. “We are absolutely devastated a1 this tragic and senseless loss of a life so young. We s1rongly encourage everyone whenever your swimming, swim near a lifeguard, especially when on our beaches.”
“At commercial or residential properties which are not required to be guarded, please be extra cautious,” the department said. “Adults should be vigilant in 1nonitoring young children and persons known to be poor swimmers. Lastly, the use of a life-vest or other approved personal floatation device should be utilized.”