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Busy Weekend for OC Lifeguards

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - With dangerous rip currents lurking in the waters off Ocean City, it was a very busy weekend for the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Sunday, beach goers hit the sand early to find the perfect spot to spend the rest of their weekend.  However, WBOC spoke with many who said the sand is the only place they wanted to be, not out in the water.

Saturday, the OCBP performed close to 350 rescues.  One lifeguard told WBOC there was a very high risk of rip currents Saturday and it showed with how many times lifeguards were forced into action.  Sunday was expected to be less hectic for the overseers of the beach with the risk of rip currents at a moderate level.

Despite the lower risk, the chaos of Saturday had some people sticking to the sand rather than wading out into the Atlantic.

"It concerns me because I have a little one with me and I know that families are together and it's scary to see that the water can do that to people. But it doesn't stop us from coming to the beach," said Celia Linderson, who was in Ocean City on vacation with her family from Rhode Island.

Others, however, would not be denied the chance to spend time out in the water.

"I'm here on vacation. I am going to get into the water. So, that's what I am going to do," said Shawn Braun, from Baltimore.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol encourages people to enjoy themselves but want people to do so responsibly while being mindful of the potentially dangerous rip currents.  The Beach Patrol is also urging beach goers to restrict any beach or water related activities to times when beach patrol personnel are on duty, never swim alone, always stay within the limits of their ability, and never rely on a flotation device.

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