Man, 67, drowns in rough surf at Cape May beach

A New York man has drowned while swimming in rough surf off the southern New Jersey coast.

Cape May police says 67-year-old James Lane, of Binghamton, was found face down in the in the water around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, about 50 yards from the beach. He was unconscious and not breathing.

City beaches have not been actively guarded since Sept. 8. But officials say members of the city's beach patrol, who happened to be in the area, learned what had happened and got Lane out of the water.

Lane was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later.