A Pennsylvania mother drowned Tuesday while on family vacation in North Wildwood, New Jersey Tuesday while trying to save her three children from strong tornadoes.
The 49-year-old woman from Wernersville, Pennsylvania, entered the ocean around 3 p.m. when she noticed her children – two boys aged 8 and 10, and a 19-year-old daughter – were struggling in the water. on 18th Avenue Beach, NJ.com reported.
“Mom called them to come back and when she saw they had problems, she jumped into the water,” Chief Dominick J. McClain told the outlet.
The mother was able to pull her two children safely – but was back in the water when she noticed that her daughter was still struggling with the current.
Emergency responders arrived shortly afterwards and rescued the daughter. They also pulled out the mother, who was found unconscious about 150 meters from the shore, according to the outlet.
She was transported to the Cape Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
The woman’s husband was with his other children at Montego Bay Resort, where the family was on vacation, while the tragedy unfolds – only to arrive at the beach where his wife had been recovered from the water, McClain said. at NJ.com.
There were no swimming on the beach Tuesday on that relatively cool and overcast day, according to McClain.
“It wasn’t even a day at the beach.” The water was very rough and the rip currents were very dangerous, ”he said.