TOMS RIVER – A Monmouth County man drowned off the coast of Ortley Beach on Wednesday, police said.
The body of 46-year-old Matthew Mauro from Middletown was pulled out of the water by Seaside Heights lifeguards who responded after a distressed swimmer was reported at Fielder Avenue and Ocean Avenue around 1:55 p.m.
Toms River Police Spokesperson Jillian Messina said several first responders performed CPR at the scene, in an attempt to resuscitate him. He was brought to Community Medical Center in Toms River where he was pronounced dead, Messina said.
Assisting at the scene were Toms River Police, Seaside Heights Beach and Fire units, Tri-Boro First Aid, Toms River Police Department community service officers and Robert Wood Johnson paramedics.
At this time, the incident is under investigation.