Bodies of 2 Jersey Shore swimmers recovered

June 21, 2012 3:30:03 PM PDT
The body of the second of two swimmers who went missing along different areas of the Jersey shore has been recovered.

State Police Lt. Stephen Jones says positive identifications have not been made, but the body is believed to be that of 18-year-old Bestavros Faris of Bayonne.

The body was recovered by state police divers around 1 p.m. Thursday in the ocean off Seaside Park.

Another swimmer in Asbury Park went missing in the early evening Wednesday after lifeguards had gone home for the day.

The body of a 23-year-old Irvington resident Chazmin Miles was found Thursday morning in approximately 15 feet of water about 200 yards offshore at the 2nd Avenue beach.

Miles had swam out to save his little sister, who was pulled from the water along with three others just before Miles disappeared.

The heat led to record crowds, and all those extra swimmers kept lifeguards busy. At least 30 swimmers were rescued Wednesday.

A father and son are being called heroes after they saved a little girl and her cousin from the rough currents of the Raritan Bay.

The current pulled the two children out past the pier in Perth Amboy. That's when Hector Hernandez and his son Joshua went in and rescued 9-year-old Laneija Smith and the other child.

"I saw her go down, and that's when I knew it wasn't a joke," Hector Hernandez said. "And that's when I jumped in."

Joshua swam even farther out to save the cousin.

"I seen them jumping up and down, and then I seen them go under, and then they jumped back up one more time and take a breath," he said. "So I just jumped off and went in. I guess it was just instinct. Because I have a little brother, so I would've felt terrible if something happened...I wouldn't call myself a hero. I just did what was right."

Laneija is now in the intensive care unit at St. Peter's University Hospital. Doctors expect her and her cousin to make full recoveries.

"If he didn't have enough courage and step up as a man and go in there and save my daughter, she would not be alive," dad Thomas Smith said.

Officials warn swimmers against venturing too far out. They stress that if you get sucked into a current, do not swim against it. Move with it until you can safely swim to shore.


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