A woman skinny-dipping at the Jersey Shore disappeared Sunday around 2.am.
It is believed she was dragged out to sea by a strong rip current.
Slovakian citizen Zuzana Oravcova, 24, went for a swim with Thomas Kadlec, 23, and got caught up in “high surf conditions,” according to officials. Rescue crews are currently scouring Point Pleasant Beach to find the missing woman.
Kadlec was able to make it back to shore and informed an employee on the boardwalk that Oravcova was still out there.
The Coast Guard, police, and firefighters have been searching for her ever since she vanished. Rescue teams are using all available assets including boats, helicopters and ground crews.
The National Weather Service had issued a warning earlier about “life-threatening” rip currents along the Jersey Shore over the weekend. Three teens died at beaches in Belmar and Atlantic City last month while swimming in rough surf when no lifeguards were on duty.
DROWNINGS in the UNITES STATES
According to the CDC:
- From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.1
- More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments (EDs) require hospitalization or transfer for further care (compared with a hospitalization rate of about 6% for all unintentional injuries). These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
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