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Ideal Beach Drowning Victim Dies

The Belford man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A 46-year-old Belford resident has drowned in Ideal Beach off of Port Monmouth Road on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement from the .

At approximately 1:47 p.m. Middletown police responded to a report of a possible drowning at Ideal Beach.

Upon arrival Lt. William Brunt and Cpl. Robert McNair found Belford resident Charles Henshaw, 46, in the water. The officers pulled him to shore.

CPR was performed on the way to the hospital, said Bob Pfleger, public information Officer Township of Middletown EMS Department.

Henshaw was treated by the Monoc Paramedics and the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad and was transported to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, according to the police statement.

He was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. at Riverview Medical Center as a result of the drowning.

Bagodoughnuts August 03, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Ah.. Aren't we suppose to have a lifeguard at that beach? After all it is part of "our" parks department ! Come on Middletown! We all know how you fell and treat east KEANSBURG ! And now a death ? You have a lot to answer too!
Scorn&SlightRegard August 03, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Ideal Beach is a Township Park and is supposed to have a Lifeguard on duty. Nearby Bayshore Waterfront Park is a County Park and has no Lifeguards. Perhaps that's what has happened here.
marylou August 03, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Ideal beach has lifeguards on duty on weekends only because of budget cuts.
mr sandyhook August 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
He was just arrested in July. • Charles Henshaw, age 46, West Susan Street in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on July 21, 2012 by Corporal Bernie Chenoweth for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date. Wonder if he was drinking or dopping which cause him to drown? The water is very shallow there.
Seamus Murphy August 05, 2012 at 05:33 PM
does it matter if he was drinking or drugging? the man died thats it. i go fishing there all the time and there is always drinking and drugging going on. its part of the reason most people go to ideal beach because the cops dont bother anyone there
paige September 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
mr sandyhook: what a nasty thing to pull up about someone on an article in which the man passes away...people never cease to amaze me...

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