Second girl dies after being pulled from ocean at the Shore

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A second girl who was pulled from choppy surf in Belmar on Thursday has died.



Emily Gonzalez-Perez, 12, had been on life-support at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune since she and her cousin, Mitzi Hernandez-Nicholas, were swept out to sea. She died Monday afternoon, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Hernandez-Nicholas, 13, died on Thursday. The two went missing in the area of Ninth and Tenth Avenues about 6 p.m. Police were able to pull Gonzalez-Perez from the surf and perform CPR before she was rushed to the hospital. Lifeguards were not yet scheduled to be on the beach.


The death of Gonzales-Perez raised the number of drownings at the Shore this month to three with one swimmer still missing and feared drowned.





The other two swimmers also got pulled out to sea about about 7 p.m., on Thursday in Atlantic City. The body of Kaliyah Hand, 16, was recovered in Margate on Monday.  Ramon Quinn, 15, of Pleasantville, N.J., is still missing.

Both Gonzalez-Perez and Hernandez-Nicholas were students at Belmar Elementary School, the Asbury Park Press said. A GoFundMe account that had been set up to defray expenses has more than doubled the $20,000 goal.

“I have received requests from people who want to help those families, and it really speaks volumes about the character and compassion of people who have been touched by the death of this child and the condition of the other child,” Mayor Matt Doherty told the paper earlier. “In Belmar, we do take care of our own.”
















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