A group of fishermen are credited with rescuing a baby who was tossed into the ocean in Atlantic City by her emotionally disturbed mother.
The fishermen said they saw the woman, identified as 24-year-old Patricia Shurig, acting "strangely" as she walked past the Flagship hotel around 5 p.m. before heading out to the jetty, NBC Philadelphia reports. The horrified bystanders then watched in disbelief as she tossed the baby into the swirling waters before leaping in herself.
Onlookers Luis Ortiz and Seth Perkins were quick to follow, pulling Shurig and her daughter to safety. "I said, 'I'm gonna go in for you but you can't panic and don't try to grab me,'" Ortiz told the news station. "That's it. And I went in after her."
Thomas Bell, a retired Atlantic City firefighter who happened to be on the jetty at the time, was tasked with resuscitating the unresponsive baby. "I did two mouth breathes and turned her over and patted her on the back," he said. "She spit up a lot of water. Then I just ran down the jetty and gave her to the EMS people." Shurig, for her part, was also knocked out when Ortiz and Perkins dragged her from the water. “She was a limp noodle,” Perkins said. Both were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, Shurig is being charged with second-degree aggravated assault and is being held on $100,000 bail.