New York man who drowned at Jersey beach on Fourth of July identified

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-06 10:16:22-04

OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. — The holiday weekend turned tragic for a New York man who drowned while swimming off the Jersey Shore, authorities said.

John A. Crimmins, 22, of Yonkers, died Saturday afternoon.

He was celebrating the Fourth of July at Mantoloking Beach when he went into the water and disappeared, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. His friends called 911 about 2:35 p.m. when they couldn’t find him in the water.

A search from the air, shore and sea ensued, officials said. About 30 minutes later, Crimmins was found unresponsive in the surf near the beach at Strickland Avenue in Bay Head.

He was pulled out of the water, lifeguards began CPR and Crimmins was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the prosecutor’s office said.

An investigation into the 22-year-old’s death is underway.

Crimmins was the stepson of Yonkers Schools Superintendent Michael Yazurlo, who issued a statement to the Journal News confirming the death.

“Our hearts are heavy, we will miss John,” Yazurlo said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.