Rowan College baseball player drowns in NJ state park
OCEAN CITY — A Vineland college student is the latest drowning victim in New Jersey after likely being caught in a riptide.
Nathaniel Figueroa, 21, was swimming in Corsons Inlet State Park in Ocean City on Friday, according to state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Caryn Shinske.
Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards attempted to perform CPR on Figueroa. He was pronounced dead at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.
“It is believed that Nathaniel may have been caught in a rip current,” Shinske said. “Toxicology reports are pending.”
Figueroa played outfield for the Cumberland campus of Rowan College of South Jersey, according to a listing. He had just finished his first year.
A obituary said Figueroa’s “positive energy” and “infectious smile” will be greatly missed. He added that he “will always be a duke”.
The state DEP website states that although Corsons Inlet is popular for hiking and boating, swimming is prohibited.
State Park Police responded to the entrance after seeing an Ocean City fire truck arrive at the park, according to Shinske.
More than a dozen people have drowned in New Jersey’s oceans, lakes, pools and other bodies of water since April.
Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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