Firefighters and lifeguards worked together to form a human chain and rescue a swimmer in the water at a Cape May beach Friday.
Cape May firefighters were clearing a hazardous materials investigation around 5:45 p.m. Friday and were notified by dispatch of a water rescue at Beach and Philadelphia avenues in Cape May City, New Jersey. The firefighters, who were only three blocks away, quickly arrived at the beach.
Witnesses told them three people were trapped in the water. Those three had already made it to shore however while a fourth person who had tried to rescue them was currently trapped.
Two Cape May firefighters as well as several lifeguards with the Cape May Beach Patrol jumped into the water and formed a human chain. They then brought the trapped swimmer back to the shore. More firefighters and Cape May police officers also helped to bring the rescuers safely back to the shore.
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The three swimmers who were initially trapped and the fourth swimmer who tried to rescue them were all taken to the Cape Regional Medical Center for an evaluation.