Cape May, NJ Names Beach of Fallen Lifeguard Norman Inferrera III – NBC10 Philadelphia


A crash off Cape May, New Jersey last summer claimed the life of a teenage rescuer. Cape May honored him for his Friday service by renaming a beach in his memory.

Norman Inferrera III died after a rowing accident off Reading Avenue beach on Thursday August 19, 2021. He was just 16 years old.

Officials said Inferrera was bringing in a lifeguard boat that was coasted by a wave and rolled over, knocking him unconscious.

He patrolled the choppy waters to try to keep swimmers close to shore.

His fellow rescuers responded immediately and he was airlifted to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, where he later died, officials said.

Norman “had a permanent smile on his face and was living his dream of being a lifeguard,” beach patrol leader Harry Back said after the incident last August.

Family and friends of Beach Patrol members gathered on what was once Reading Avenue Beach to honor Inferrera, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, with a ceremony renaming the very beach where the tragic incident took place .

The ceremony took place Friday at the new Inferrera Memorial Beach.

A plaque in memory of the young rescuer was presented to his family during the ceremony according to Regional Media News.


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