Cops in Atlantic City say several young children had to be rescued from the ocean over the past several days and if not for Good Samaritans, these could have been very tragic stories.

According to the Atlantic City Police Department, last Sunday evening, officers responded to the beach at Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. for the report of several young children in distress in the ocean. By the time cops arrived, all of the children -- one as young as 4-years-old -- had been rescued by three men. The young girl was taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

This past Tuesday morning, officers were called to the beach at Virginia Avenue for a report of three children in the water. Authorities say, "A good Samaritan, Stephen Moore, of Clark Summit, PA, went in the water to assist the three siblings, two girls, 11 and 9, and one boy, 8, of Philadelphia, PA. Officers Ramir Hayes and Brian Victoria-Garcia arrived to Moore calling for help. He and the children were stuck on a sewage outfall pipe as the waves continued to crash in. Officers Hayes and Victoria-Garcia immediately rushed in the water to assist."

The officers at the scene determined that the children and Moore had been injured from the pipe. "Officer Victoria-Garcia stayed on the pipe to assist Moore while Officer Hayes grabbed the 11-year-old and put her in on his back carrying her to the shore. Officer Hayes returned for the 9-year-old and carried her to safety," according to a press release.

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"Chief Steve Downey of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol, Lifeguard Brian Cain, and Firefighter BJ Hamilton of the Atlantic City Fire Department were off-duty doing maintenance work at a nearby Lifeguard stand when they responded to the beach. They, along with Officer Scott Crawford, assisted in rescuing the 8-year-old boy and Moore from the pipe," says the ACPD.

The three children, three police officers, and Moore were all taken to a local hospital to be treated for cuts and lacerations sustained from the waves crashing into them while on the pipe.

The Atlantic City Police Department reminds everyone that it is dangerous to swim when lifeguards are not on-duty. The Atlantic City Beach Patrol will begin patrolling beaches on Saturday, May 29th, between the hours of 10AM and 6PM.

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