BELMAR, NJ — Lambros Komitas was surfing during the early evening of July 16 when he spotted four swimmers in distress off the Fourth Avenue beach.

Without hesitation, the 16-year-old borough resident swam out to them — at his own personal risk — and did everything he could to keep them afloat until Belmar Police and the Belmar Water Rescue Team soon arrived and then assisted in bringing them to shore.

Because of this selfless act that likely saved these individuals’ lives, Komitas was recognized by the Belmar Council at its September 19 meeting for “extraordinary performance in a water rescue.”

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His action illustrates the integral role that surfers play in water safety efforts along the Belmar beachfront, according to the borough.

“The combined efforts of the Belmar Water Rescue Team, lifeguards, Belmar First Aid Squad and Belmar Police Department, as well as the actions of individual rescuers like Lambros Komitas, save hundreds of lives in the course of a year,” reads the proclamation, which also commended everyone involved “in protecting our residents and visitors.”

In accepting his official recognition, Komitas said, “I’m just thankful I was there to help.”


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