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Father Dies In North Wildwood Riptide

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A day at the beach turned into tragedy for 54 year-old father of four Brad Smith after he and his daughter were violently sucked into a riptide at the Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood, New Jersey.

Smith and his family were vacationing with Scott Sunderland, his best friend and his family. However, while their wives were soaking up the sun and playing with their children, Smith and Sunderland took off with their daughters down their beach. As they were walking down the beach, the water was only ankle deep. Then unexpectedly the sea-floor fell from under them and they fell 2-feet under water, being sucked into the inlet.

Sunderland and his daughter went to the right as Smith and his daughter were sucked out to the left. Smith was able to hold up his daughter taking everything he had in him trying to keep her a float. She started to tread but unfortunately, they got separated from the riptide.

Sunderland explained what exactly happened in that moment.

"A little wave came and he was gone. That was the last time I saw him," he said.

Luckily, a jet skier was passing by and was able to save Smith’s daughter. But Smith himself was lost in the ocean, no where to be found.

Brad's wife, Sandy Smith spoke about how she is feeling after the incident.

"We miss him, we miss him so much! And my kids have to grow up without a dad now," she said.

The U-shaped Hereford Inlet portion of the beach is known by locals to have really rough waters, but warning signs are not marked anywhere for out-of-towners. There are a few faded signs along the beach, but any information indicating danger is said to be unclear.

In fact, the Smith family is filing a lawsuit suing the state of New Jersey and Wildwood. Both the family and lawyers agree there should be a sign clearly saying "Do not go in the water!"

The Smith's Attorney Paul D'Amato explains why they actually want to get the Hereford inlet shut down completely.

"North Wildwood knew how dangerous this entire inlet and the adjacent beach was. Historically, there had been many many accidents and drownings right in this particular area," he said.

The Mayor of North Wildwood, Patrick Rosenello, released a statement saying that the city of North Wildwood takes it's beach protection responsibilities quite seriously. In fact, there has never been a drowning incident in a protected beach in the city of North Wildwood in its hundred year existence.

The unlcear, faded sign issue has been addressed after this incident. Now there are huge red flag about every 60 yards and 20 yards off the beach warning patrons of potential dangers.

Overall, the most important thing is that Smith's body was found, the family was able to receive closure, and there are three survivors to tell the story and get this problem fixed in hopes of making North Wildwood beaches a safer place for not only residents, but also tourists.

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