A Pennsylvania man who drowned at the New Jersey Shore on Sunday was identified Tuesday as Hany Mohamed, 35, of Middletown, Dauphin County.

Mohamed apparently drowned while trying to save his children, who were caught in rough surf, said Wildwood Police Detective Lt. Kenneth Gallagher.

"He went out there to get them," Gallagher said. "They came back, and he did not."

About 1 p.m. Sunday, the Wildwood Police Department responded to the Leaming Avenue Beach after Beach Patrol lifeguards had rescued several swimmers in distress. Once back on shore, they discovered Mohamed was missing, according to police.

A search and rescue effort was initiated using police, fire, and beach patrol units from Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest, as well as the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit and the Coast Guard, police said.

About 2:50 p.m., surfers spotted Mohamed floating in the ocean at Rambler Avenue, Wildwood Crest. Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol brought Mohamed to shore and initiated lifesaving measures until paramedics arrived. Mohamed was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Nearly a dozen drownings have been reported at the Shore this summer.