Recent NYC high school graduate drowns while rescuing 2 friends off NJ coast

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 15:56:52-04

A New York City man drowned while helping two friends who were struggling in rough waters off the southern New Jersey coast.

The body of 18-year-old Jalan Alston was found around 6:20 p.m. Saturday in waters off Atlantic City, authorities said. The discovery came a day after the Brooklyn man had vanished while swimming at a beach in nearby Ventnor.

Alston, who had recently graduated from high school, was swimming with two friends when the pair began to struggle in the rough waters Friday night.

Alston was able to help push them toward shore but soon disappeared under the water.

A GoFundMe has been launched for Alston's family.