Rip Currents Pose Danger For Swimmers
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
September 7, 2012
Towns along the Jersey shore are trying to extend the summer tourist season with a variety of activities, but the time for going to the beach to take a swim might be over.
Seaside Park Beach Patrol Captain Joe Gomulka says lifeguards are done for the season is most shore towns so venturing into the ocean can be troublesome.
While Hurricane Leslie is still far away, Gomulka says it’s expected to produce dangerous rip currents along the Jersey coast.
“These are major blowouts is what we call them where you’re talking one to two hundred yards offshore. Even the most experienced swimmer is going to get sucked out. We’ve seen before small children on the shoreline get knocked over and poof they’re gone.”
Cape May Beach Patrol Captain Buzz Mogck says lifeguards will be on duty there through Sunday but there are fewer of them since school began.
“We started losing people two weeks ago for school that opened up down south and this week we¹re starting to lose school teachers. This happens every year. We get our staff cut right down to half.”
Authorities urge you not to go swimming without a lifeguard on duty since that’s when most ocean drownings occur.
© 2012 WBGO News
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