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Rehoboth Beach Patrol Urges Swimmers to Only Swim in Guarded Water

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Monday morning, hundreds walked the boardwalk, played in the sand, and splashed in the water. It was a picturesque and beautiful day, but the Rehoboth Beach Patrol says the ocean can also be deadly if not respected. 

After two "near-drownings" at Rehoboth Beach over the weekend, lifeguards are urging people to only swim under their watchful eye.

"People need to take surf conditions and the beach very seriously," said Chris Sanchez, from the patrol. 

The first incident happened on Saturday night at around 6:20, in the water by Baltimore Avenue. Beach Patrol said that a 10-year old girl was pulled from the water and brought to Beebe Healthcare. Then on Sunday, a middle-aged man was rescued from the area, adjacent to Rehoboth Avenue. He was also sent to Beebe Healthcare. 

Lifeguards are only on duty until 5:30 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. on weekdays. 

"When we sign off," Sanchez said. "We want to know that everyone can go home at the end of the day. And if they are hurt, we want to at least give them the best possible care that we can provide."

Lying on the beach Monday morning was Michelle Hodge, who was watching her kids play in the sand. She said the incidents made one thing clear. 

"Once the lifeguards leave, they're not allowed to go in the water," she said. 

Rescues have also been on the rise on parts of coastal Delmarva. In Ocean City, beach patrol conducted 357 rescues on Saturday, and well over 100 on Sunday. 

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