Rescue team remains in place following drowning

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LAVALLETTE — The death of a 60-year-old father pulled from a rip current by the borough’s Water Rescue Recovery Team last week prompted Mayor Walter LaCicero to remind residents of the emergency response team’s continued, daily presence at the Philadelphia Avenue lifeguard headquarters.

A second swimmer, the victim’s son, survived the incident.

“It’s a good idea, having them, and we’re going to continue having them until [borough administrator Robert] Brice determines they are no longer necessary,” the mayor said during the brief end-of-summer meeting held Monday night. “… With these storms that have been brewing offshore, you really gotta be smart and not go in that water, unless you really know what you’re doing.”

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The National Weather Service has set the New Jersey coastline at high risk of dangerous and potentially life-threatening rip currents through Sept. 30.

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