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Lack of Wind Leads to Fewer Water Rescues in OC

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Beach patrol chair at the OC Inlet (Photo: WBOC) Beach patrol chair at the OC Inlet (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Ocean City Beach Patrol statistics indicate a dramatic decrease in water rescues this year compared to last because of lack of rip currents.

Beverly and David Hamm are on vacation in Ocean City from Reading, Pa. and have been spending their days in the water, especially due to the recent hot weather.

"We came down to the ocean and we just played in the waves," Beverly Hamm said. "We brought our one-year-old son down as well and he enjoyed it."

According to OC Beach patrol, they have seen more swimmers recently due to the recent heat wave, but they also said, perhaps surprisingly, that they have seen fewer rescues as well.

In 2014, there were 1,164 water rescues by early August. In 2015, there were even more at 1,432 rescues. This year however, there have only been 325 since July 24th.

Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin said what's driving people into the water is also what's keeping rescues down.

 "Well wind is one of the factors that causes waves, waves cause rip currents, so you end up with rip currents and more rescues, without the rip currents, very little rescues and the reason we don't have rip currents is because we have very little wind and that's why it's so hot," he explained.

Typically, rip currents are the reason for 95 percent of water rescues in the beach town, but this summer it's been calm.

"It makes it more safe for everyone like us," Hamm said. "And for young children like our son."
 

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