Vacationing trooper saves swimmer from drowning at Jersey Shore

The swimmer was released from the hospital a few days later and was at home recovering this week


By Chris Sheldon
NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

An off-duty New Jersey State Police trooper saved a man from drowning on the Jersey Shore this month.

Detective Sgt. George Wren was vacationing with his family at the beach in Sea Isle City on Aug. 3 when moments after he explained the dangers of rip currents to his kids, a woman ran over to him and screamed that a swimmer was drowning, according to a Facebook post from the state police.

New Jersey State Police Detective Sgt. George Wren was off-duty when he rescued a swimmer having a heart attack in Sea Isle City. (Photo/New Jersey State Police /New Jersey State Police)
New Jersey State Police Detective Sgt. George Wren was off-duty when he rescued a swimmer having a heart attack in Sea Isle City. (Photo/New Jersey State Police /New Jersey State Police)

Wren saw the man about 75 yards from the shoreline and drifting further into the ocean when he hopped on a surfboard to rescue him while he battled the “treacherous” current, police said.

The man was barely able to keep himself afloat by the time Wren reached him and got him on his board, authorities said. He swam with him back to shore where he was treated by EMS and it was later determined that he was suffering from a heart attack.

The swimmer was released from the hospital a few days later and was at home recovering this week, officials said.

©2019 NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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