BERKELEY (SOUTH SEASIDE PARK): Today on Monday 08/30/2021 around 16:35 the Berkeley Township PD responded to the 21st Avenue Beach in South SSP for a report of a lightning strike involving multiple people on the beach. Upon arrival, first aid and advanced life support (ALS) was immediately rendered to the victims. It was then determined a total of 8 victims, 4 of which were lifeguards, were reported to have been either struck- or injured from the residual lightning strike. One of the victims, a Berkeley Township lifeguard, succumbed to their injuries. The remaining victims were triaged and treated for their injuries at surrounding hospitals (CMC & JSUMC). The investigation into this tragic accident in ongoing.
Please read the entire press release from Berkeley Township Police & Mayor Carmen Amato below: