First responders and beachgoers breathed a sigh of relief in Brick Township Wednesday, after a child who was suspected of having disappeared underwater while swimming was found safely on a neighboring beach.
Water rescue units in Zodiak boats and the township’s underwater recovery dive team, along with police and EMTs, were called to Brick Beach III around 5 p.m. Wednesday. A report was called in, indicating a 7-year-old boy was missing after having been swimming in the ocean.
“The last time they saw him was in the water, so the dive team and everyone responded,” said Brick Bureau of Fire Prevention Chief Kevin Batzel.
The boy was ultimately found safely walking on the beachfront in nearby Normandy Beach, in the Toms River portion.