ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — First responders came to the rescue of children stranded in the crashing waves in Atlantic City. Good samaritans pulled the children from the ocean.
Incredible video shows three children being rescued from the ocean in Atlantic City. Police body camera video shows the moment two police officers joined a good Samaritan in bringing three kids — ages 11, 9 and 8 — to safety on May 18.READ MORE: 2 Atlantic City Councilmembers Request State Troopers Assist Police After Violent Weekend
“When we got there, two of the police officers were already in the water, on the pipe with, there were three young juveniles — sisters and brothers that were stuck on the pipe, the outfall pipe,” Atlantic City Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey said.
A good samaritan had already jumped in to help as the children were fighting forceful waves, clinging to the pipe for dear life.
“If you see the footage you see that we got everyone out of the water, the kids were cut up pretty good as well as the good samaritan was shredded pretty good as well. A good samaritan who I think is probably largely responsible, as well as the two police officers, for not one of those kids having drowned,” Downey said.
This was at least the third water rescue in the past five days.
Another good samaritan jumped into the ocean to save three other children on May 15, pulling a 4-year-old girl to safety.READ MORE: 6 Day Workweeks And Poked By Needles: YaFavTrashman Fighting For Philadelphia Sanitation Workers' Safety
Eyewitness News cameras were rolling Thursday as lifeguards rescued two kids who couldn’t make it to shore. The young boys are OK thanks to good Samaritans who jumped into action.
“It was really scary,” Myisha Johnson, the boys’ mom, said. “They were all the way down there so fast. Like, we were trying to walk, and they were going way faster than we could get down there.”
One suffered a cut to his leg but walked away from the rescue with his life.
Beach season officially begins on Memorial Day weekend so no lifeguards are on duty until then. Atlantic City Beach Patrol strongly urges folks to be safe. If you can’t see the lifeguard, the lifeguard can’t see you.
“We just always suggest that you swim only when lifeguards are on duty, especially if you’re not an experienced swimmer in the ocean. You should never swim without a lifeguard present,” Downey said.MORE NEWS: Police: 2 Teens In Car Shot At Red Light In Philadelphia's Olney Neighborhood
CBS3’s Natasha Brown and Kimberly Davis contributed to this report.