BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Rosedale man is being called a hero after he sacrificed his life this weekend to save his nephew at a New Jersey beach.

WJZ’s Tracey Leong spoke to Adan Guevara’s fiancee, who was at the beach with him when a deadly rip current spawned a tragedy.

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“He was a strong swimmer who loved the ocean,” Elana Crasnopiorov said.

But that doesn’t always matter when conditions take a quick turn.

“The ocean is very dynamic,” said Chief Steve Stocks, of the Wildwood Beach Patrol. “It’s ever changing and always dangerous.”

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When Guevara attempted the rescue, the family was on an unguarded beach after the lifeguards were off duty for the day.

“We prevent people from injuring themselves, prevent serious incidents from happening, so it certainly hits home and points out the value of what lifeguards do when they are there,” Stocks said.

“He’s an angel now and he’s going to take care of us and watch over us from there,” Crasnopiorov said.

A donation page has been set up to help the family with medical and funeral costs. Their goal is $10,000.

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