After a day of tears, remembrances and memorial services, the South Seaside Park community is preparing to lay lifeguard Keith Pinto, 19, to rest after a tragic lightning strike while on duty Monday.
Beaches will remain closed to swimming Wednesday and Thursday in the South Seaside Park section of Berkeley Township after the deadly lightning strike claimed the life of Pinto and sent seven others – including four fellow guards – to the hospital with lesser injuries.
A fundraiser for Pinto’s family through the GoFundMe platform had raised more than $44,000 by Wednesday morning.
“Keith has left behind an overwhelming amount of amazing memories that will live in our hearts forever,” organizer Chase Vander Vliet wrote. “All donations will go directly to Keith’s family for the proper goodbye that he deserves. Our hearts are broken by what happened and all our love and support goes out to the Pinto family and all others affected by this tragedy.”
The full fundraiser can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rest-in-peace-keith-pinto/