Waves taking toll on swimmers at NJ beaches - My9 New Jersey

Waves taking toll on swimmers at NJ beaches

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Waves are taking a toll on swimmers at the Jersey shore this summer.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center says the 24 ocean injuries treated at its trauma center in Atlantic City this summer are more than double the number treated last year.

AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute director Monica Titus tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/P0ALox ) spinal cord injuries are the leading diagnosis.

Titus says six of the eight spinal cord injuries recorded during the last week of July involved swimmers.

Beach patrol captains say waves crashing close to shore, larger crowds and older swimmers are among the factors that lead to more injuries

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