Pals remember 19-year-old lifeguard killed by lightning in New Jersey

Pals remember 19-year-old lifeguard killed by lightning in New Jersey


A 19-year-old New Jersey lifeguard who was killed by a lightning strike that injured seven other people was remembered as a “special guy” from Toms River known for his fearlessness.

Keith Pinto was killed in the strike, which injured three other lifeguards and four beachgoers at the White Sands Beach in South Seaside Park about 4:30 p.m. Monday, the Asbury Park Press reported.

“Words cannot describe how so many of us are feeling right now. We lost a special guy tonight, one who was so close and meant so much to so many people,” wrote Chase Vander Vliet, who organized a fundraiser for Pinto’s family.

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“It would be impossible to get it all into words how much our friend meant to us but we all know how amazing he was. Keith has left behind an overwhelming amount of amazing memories that will live in our hearts forever,” Vliet wrote.

“Our hearts are broken by what happened and all

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