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Ocean City Beach Patrol Prepares for Busy Memorial Day Weekend

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- With visitors starting to flock to the sand, Ocean City Beach Patrol says it has been all hands on deck getting ready for the start of the summer season.

"We're also moving the lifeguard chairs around behind the scenes right now, getting them all out to the beach. Getting our floating dock system into the water," said OCBP Lt. Ward Kovacs.

Kovacs said there will be 75 lifeguard chairs up on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which is normal for this time of year.

Over on the inlet beach, new lifeguard recruits are busy with training.

"We have our Surf Rescue Academy with just over 30 new lifeguards, and they'll spend a lot of time in the water, a lot of time in the classroom learning CPR and first aid, how to handle someone in the surf if we suspect a spinal injury," said Kovacs.

Lessons Surf Rescue Academy training officer Dan Pogonowski said will help keep beach-goers safe.

"We have a good 82 percent of our returning lifeguards coming. The beach is going to be well-staffed, and these rookies are going to get some good experience with dealing with crowds," said Pogonowski.

Beach Patrol is reminding visitors of their golden rule: Keep your feet in the sand until a lifeguard is in the stand.

Lifeguards will be on duty starting Saturday, May 25.

Ocean City beaches will be guarded seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Sunfest weekend in September.

 

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