The Atlantic City Police Department said Good Samaritans and first responders saved “several children” from the ocean over the past week.
In the first incident on May 15, District Tourism Unit officers responded to the beach on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard after receiving reports of “several young juveniles in the ocean in distress.” .
By the time police arrived, the children had already been rescued from the water, police said.
A Good Samaritan, “Dijon Brooks”, had entered the ocean and saved a 4 year old girl. She was transported to a regional hospital for evaluation.
Two other men saved the other children, but they were not identified.
Three days later, officers from the District Tourism Unit responded at the Virginia Avenue beach to reports of three siblings – two girls, ages 11 and 9, and an 8-year-old boy, from Philadelphia.
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Another Good Samaritan – identified as Stephen Moore of Clark Summit, Penn. – went to the water to help the three young people. Moore and the children got stuck on an outlet pipe as the waves crashed, police said.
Response officers Ramir Hayes and Brian Victoria-Garcia rushed into the water to help them and could see that Moore and the children had been injured while driving.
Victoria-Garcia stayed in the water to help Moore, while Hayes took the 11 and 9 ashore.
An Atlantic City Beach Patrol leader, lifeguard, Atlantic City firefighter and officer in the area helped save Moore and the 8-year-old boy from driving.
The three children, three police officers and Moore were taken to a local medical center for treatment for injuries, police said.
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Police have issued a warning reminding even the most experienced swimmers of the dangers of rip currents.