Young woman a ‘missing person’ after vanishing into ocean at Point Pleasant Beach

Courtesy of a New Jersey 101.5 listener

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Rescuers continued searching late Sunday for a missing Slovakian woman who disappeared into the Ocean during a late-night swim.

Zuzana Oravcova, 24, was officially classified as a missing person and entered into the National Crime Information Center database as such Sunday, police said.

They said at about 2:10 a.m., Thomas Kadlec, also from Slovakia, reported he had Oravcova had gone into the ocean together. Both found themselves in distress because of the rough surf conditions, police said.

“Kadlec was able to swim ashore, Oravcova did not. He immediately notified an employee of the boardwalk who in turn reported the incident to the police department,” police wrote in an announcement Sunday.

Rescuers were continuing to search more than half a day later. Taking part were the US Coast Guard, a state police marine unit, the borough’s fire company and first aid squad, as well as companies and police from several nearby communities. Searchers used boats, a helicopter and ground crew throughout.

The National Weather Service issued a warning about rip currents along the Jersey Shore Sunday morning, with the warning remaining in effect throughout the day.

Forecasters say the currents could potentially be life-threatening. So they’re urging beachgoers to talk with lifeguards about any concerns they have and to follow all swimming flags and signs. They also warn that a moderate risk for dangerous rip currents may also exist on Monday.

New Jersey 101.5 has reported on several drownings this season, including multiple that took place when swimmers were caught up in rip currents and could not escape.

Early last month, when three teens died at beaches in Belmar and Atlantic City because of incidents occurring the same night. All were swimming at beaches where lifeguards were not on duty.

Off-duty lifeguards saved a 10-year-old from a rip current in the Brick area last week.

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