By CBS3 Staff

CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBS) — The Cape May Beach Patrol is honoring a young lifeguard whose life was cut short on the job. A beach is being named after Norman Inferrera III, nicknamed “Champ.”

The 16-year-old lifeguard was injured after his boat flipped over in the surf and he was knocked unconscious on Thursday. He died on Friday night.

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Cape May Beach Patrol To Honor Norman Inferrera III By Naming A Beach In His Honor


The beach patrol also told the Inferrera family that 100% of all medical bills will be covered through Cape May’s municipal insurance.

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The teenager’s family is setting up scholarships in his memory.

Gov. Phil Murphy spoke about the young man Monday afternoon.

“Let’s take a moment to remember that our lifeguards take on a special responsibility,” Murphy said. “Normal was literally living his dream in being part of the team that keeps everyone safe.”

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Murphy says he’s spoken with the teen’s family and asks everyone to send them their thoughts and prayers.