Authorities say they were struck by lightning on a New Jersey beach, killing one person and injuring seven others.
The lightning strike happened around 4:35 p.m. near South Seaside Park, just north of Atlantic City, according to the Berkeley Township Police Department.
According to police, the strike injured eight persons, including four lifeguards, one of whom died as a result of his injuries.
The remaining seven victims were taken to hospitals in the area.
Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato said in a statement that it was “a tragic and heartbreaking day” for the Jersey Shore.
“This young person was out there every day protecting the lives of others,” Amato said. “Our lifeguard teams, like so many along the shore, develop special connections with our community throughout the summer, which makes this loss even greater.”
Gov. Phil Murphy said he has spoken with Amato to offer the state’s full support and assistance.
“Our hearts are with the family and friends of the young lifeguard killed by today’s horrific lightning strike on the beach in Berkeley Township, and we pray for a full recovery for those injured,” he said via Twitter.
Berkeley Township’s beaches will be restricted to swimming from Tuesday to Thursday due to vacation time for beach employees and lifeguards. All employees would have access to crisis counselors, according to the statement.