Wildwood police and firefighters responded to the Beachside Resort in the 3700 block of Atlantic Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. Friday for possible drowning.
They came to find witnesses performing CPR on the boy and took over the resuscitation efforts.
The boy was taken to the Cape Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
“Unfortunately, the efforts of our first responders and hospital medical personnel were unsuccessful in reviving this child,” a joint press release from the police and fire departments said Saturday.
The incident is still under investigation.
“We are absolutely devastated by this tragic and foolish loss of such a young life. We strongly recommend that everyone swim, swim close to a lifeguard, especially when they are on our beaches. In commercial or residential properties that do not require surveillance, be very careful “The statement said.
Authorities said adults should watch their children while they swim and wear a life jacket or other approved personal flotation device.
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