Updates Given on Remaining Guarded Beaches on LBI

Swimmers Rescued From Rip Current Off Unguarded Beach in Loveladies

Sep 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol

A 911 call last Sunday afternoon alerted local police, emergency medical services and beach patrols that three swimmers were caught in a strong rip current off an unguarded beach at Tract 31 in the Loveladies section of Long Beach Township. The Harvey Cedars and Long Beach Township beach patrols responded first to the scene to assist the swimmers, all of whom made it safely to shore.

According to a representative of the LBTBP, one swimmer was able to reach the beach on his own while the two other individuals – a 65-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman – were still out in the water, battling the rip.

HCBP Capt. Randy Townsend said two of his lifeguards, Lt. Billy Webster and Connor O’Mara, arrived with the township beach patrol members and entered the water to aid the swimmers. A township lifeguard also assisted in the water, said the LBTBP.

Townsend estimated the swimmers were at least 150 yards from shore.

“They got caught in a very powerful rip current,” he explained. “They weren’t injured but were very exhausted. The rescue took about 10 minutes.”

Townsend said other responders included the Harvey Cedars and Long Beach Township police departments and the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad Water Rescue team. Local EMS took over once the swimmers were on shore.

“I’m sure the surf will get very rough again due to effects from Hurricane Irma,” Townsend noted. “That’s why it is so important for people to swim at guarded beaches.”

Long Beach Township will have lifeguards on the 68th Street beach in Brant Beach on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until Oct. 1.

In Harvey Cedars, the beaches at Middlesex Avenue and 80th Street will be guarded each day through Sunday, Sept. 10. Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the Middlesex Avenue beach will be guarded each day through Sunday, Oct. 1. The 80th Street beach will be guarded on weekends during that same stretch.

Beach Haven will be guarded at the Centre Street beach on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10 and Sept. 16 and 17. There may also be guards on Fifth Street and Pearl Street, but that has not yet been determined.

Lifeguards will be on Ship Bottom’s Seventh, 15th and 20th streets through Sept. 30.

Surf City will have the 12th to 14th street beaches open until Sunday, Sept 10. All other beaches will be swim at your own risk. After Sept. 10, no lifeguards will be on the beaches in Surf City.

Barnegat Light will be guarded at the 22nd Street beach Sept. 9 and 10 and Sept. 16 and 17. —J.K.-H. and E.E.

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