Lifeguard at deadly beach predicted a future sand collapse
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — A lifeguard at a beach in New Jersey where three people died when the sand collapsed under their feet as they walked along the shoreline said a year later that “we know it’s going to happen again.”
North Wildwood lifeguard Lt. David Lindsay made the admission in a secretly recorded conversation played in court Friday as a judge weighed whether to dismiss a lawsuit concerning one of the deaths.
The city and state want a judge to dismiss the lawsuit from the family of Brad Smith, of Horhsam, Pennsylvania, who died in 2012. He will decide within three weeks.
Smith was walking in ankle-deep water with his daughter when the sand collapsed, plunging them into the swirling waters. A passer-by on a personal watercraft rescued the girl, but Smith drowned.