Over $150,000 Raised Following Death of 16-year-old Lifeguard in Cape May
A GoFundMe page that was established to help the family of a 16-year-old lifeguard who was tragically killed in Cape May last week has raised over ten-times the amount of money that it was originally set to.
According to a Facebook post by the Cape May Police Department, Norman V. Inferrera III was rowing a lifeguard boat in the ocean off of Reading Avenue last Thursday morning when the boat was broadsided by a wave. The boat flipped over and he was knocked unconscious. Inferrera was initially taken to a local hospital for treatment but was later flown to Cooper Medical Center in Camden where he passed away on Friday.
A GoFundMe page that was established to raise money for the family's expenses that had an initial goal of raising $15,000 surpassed $85,000 Saturday morning. By Sunday night, that number had gone over the $150,000 mark.
Many of the donations listed on the GoFundMe page have come from other lifeguards and beach patrols from Rhode Island, North Carolina, and beyond.
An update on the page late in the weekend said the following:
We received news from the Cape May Beach Patrol today that a beach in Cape May is being named after Norman. The family is deeply moved and became very emotional upon the news. The CMBP also made us aware that 100% of the medical bills will be covered through the city insurance.
Base on this, we anticipate there will be a substantial amount of funds remaining. We are establishing scholarships in memory of Norman V Inferrera III. The scholarships will be issued on an annual basis to the Cape May Beach Patrol “Cannone Scholarship Fund” and Norman’s high school Phoenixville Area High School.