Officials said in a statement, shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Communications operators received an emergency 911 call reporting a possible drowning with CPR in progress, at the Beachside Resort located at 3700 Atlantic Avenue in the City of Wildwood.
Officials said emergency responders from both the Wildwood Police and Wildwood Fire Departments responded and assumed resuscitation efforts, from citizens on scene.
The victim, whose name is being withheld at this time, is a six-year-old male child from Philadelphia.
The victim was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center where lifesaving efforts continued.
”Unfortunately, the efforts of our first responders and the hospital medical staff were unsuccessful in reviving this young child,” officials said.
This incident will remain under investigation by the Wildwood Police Department Detective Division and the Cape May County Prosecutors Major Crimes Unit.
”We are absolutely devastated at this tragic and senseless loss of a life so young.
We strongly encourage everyone whenever your swimming, swim near a lifeguard, especially when on our beaches.”
Officials said at commercial or residential properties, which are not required to be guarded, to please be extra cautious.
Adults should be vigilant in monitoring young children and persons known to be poor swimmers.
The use of a life-vest or other approved personal floatation device should be utilized.