Cape May Lifeguard’s Fellow Students Hold Vigil in Memory
Fellow students at Phoenixville, Pa. High School held a vigil for their fellow student, Norman Inferrara, who died from injuries he sustained in a boating accident as a lifeguard on the Cape May lifeguard squad Thursday.
Inferrera, 16, of Phoenixville, was rowing a lifeguard boat off the Reading Avenue beach around 11 a.m. when he was broadsided by a wave and knocked unconscious, according to the statement from City Manager Michael Voll. Lifeguards responded immediately to help him, Voll said.
Inferrera had to be resuscitated twice and was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, according to a post on a GoFundMe page started by an aunt, Kathleen Inferrera Price of Deptford, to help with medical bills.
She announced his death on that page Saturday morning. The Go Fund Me page had raised over $151,000 by Monday morning.
“The Lord called my beautiful nephew Norman home last night. The family is overwhelmed with sorrow. The bright light in this tragedy is the support and prayers that have been pouring in. We send love and blessings to each and every one of you.”
6ABC reports that Inferrera was an 11th grader at Phoenixville Area High School.
School counselors are being made be available at PAHS on Monday for any student who needs support during this difficult time.
Sunday, Inferrera's aunt updated the Go Fund Me page to announce a scholarship in the name of Norman V Inferrera III....
We received news from the Cape May Beach Patrol today that a beach in Cape May is being named after Norman. The family is deeply moved and became very emotional upon the news. The CMBP also made us aware that 100% of the medical bills will be covered through the city insurance.
Base on this, we anticipate there will be a substantial amount of funds remaining. We are establishing scholarships in memory of Norman V Inferrera III. The scholarships will be issued on an annual basis to the Cape May Beach Patrol “Cannone Scholarship Fund” and Norman’s high school Phoenixville Area High School.
Cape May Beach Patrol Chief Harry Back called Inferrera “a beloved member of our Beach Patrol family,” recalling “a permanent smile” on the young man’s face.
Voll urged community members in need of help processing Inferrera’s tragic death to reach out.