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Beaches Face Erosion with High Tides

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Construction truck mounts piles of sand on beach to prepare for high tide. (Photo: WBOC) Construction truck mounts piles of sand on beach to prepare for high tide. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.-  High tides over the weekend may have taken some of the beach back into the ocean.

A number of coastal towns on Delmarva, including Fenwick Island and Ocean City, experienced some beach erosion due to high tides.

"We had a nor'easter blow in through town for about five or six days," said Lt. Ward Kovacs of Ocean City Beach Patrol. "That's what caused a little bit of beach erosion and made the tides come up a little higher than usual."

Ocean City officials say only minor beach erosion from the weekend was found on the beach and will likely not need to be replenished.

But beach erosion isn't the only thing that comes with the high tide.

Beach patrol officials want to remind the public that lifeguards are no longer on duty until next spring.

"There's no one out there to prevent something happening or to educate people on the safe place to swim. So we ask that they don't go in the water until the lifeguards are on duty again next summer," said Kovacs.

And with good reason.

Five people were rescued from Ocean City beach at 33rd street Monday afternoon.

Officials said two children had been caught in a rip current when three adults went after the children.

The scene was a frightening sight for Alexis Taylor who witnessed the rescue.

"I see a lot of ambulances," said Taylor, "I turn over and I see all these guys and people running down the beach just to get in the water and help because I guess there's no lifeguards. It was just people."

Beach patrol officials say high tides contribute to rip currents forming in the ocean.

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