Lifeguards launch evening hours, response team

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol wants to discourage swimming when lifeguards are not on duty. Signs that were used last year are back on the beach near the Ocean City Music Pier. A special response team will also try to protect bathers after hours. Guards will be on duty throughout the island this weekend. The Ocean City Beach Patrol wants to discourage swimming when lifeguards are not on duty. Signs that were used last year are back on the beach near the Ocean City Music Pier. A special response team will also try to protect bathers after hours. Guards will be on duty throughout the island this weekend. OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Beach Patrol will start its extended-hours program on Friday, June 27. 

Lifeguards will be on duty at the 8th Street, 9th Street, and 12th Street beaches until 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night until Labor Day.  There will be an OCBP medic on duty at the 12th Street Beach Patrol Headquarters at 12th and the boardwalk.

Also, the OCBP Rapid Response Team will be activated on Sunday night and will work Sundays through Thursdays until Labor Day weekend. 

This team will be stationed at 12th Street Beach Patrol Headquarters on the boardwalk and will be on call until 8 PM.  The lifeguards will be stationed at the 12th street headquarters and will be dispatched for water rescues as needed. Central Communications will alert the Rapid Response Team and inform them of any water rescues that are called in.

Anyone who sees a water emergency, or any other emergency, is asked to call 911.

The Rapid Response team will operate as a lifesaving unit after normal hours of the beach patrol.  The team will work with the extended hours crew to create full coverage throughout the week after normal operating hours of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, according to beach patrol officials. But guards still urge caution for all swimmers, and want them to swim where a guard can see them.  

“The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches,” reads a statement from the beach patrol. 

This weekend, the following beaches will be guarded:

Seaspray Road, Surf Road, Atlantic Boulevard, Waverly Road, North Street, Stenton Place, St. Charles Place, Delancey Place, Park Place, Brighton Place, 5th Street, 7th Street, 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, 13th Street , 14th Street, 15th Street, 16th Street, 17th Street, 18th Street, 20th Street, 22nd Street, 24th Street, 26th Street, 28th Street, 30th Street, 32nd Street, 34th Street, 36th Street, 39th Street, 42nd Street, 44th Street, 46th Street, 48th Street, 50th Street, 53rd Street, 55th Street, 58th Street and 60th Street.

For questions, call 609-525-9201 or 609-525-9200. For information on guarded beaches listen to Radio 1620 AM or The Ocean City Government Access Channel 97.

 


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