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Lifeguard at deadly beach predicted a future sand collapse

October 5, 2018

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.

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