Tuesday, August 9, 2016

North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest Mayors Urge Swimmers to Obey Beach Rules/Regulations, and to Never Swim Without a Lifeguard On-Duty


In the wake of recent after-hours rescues, the Mayors of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest are urging beachgoers to observe the rules and regulations of the beach before accessing the water, and to never swim when lifeguards are off duty.

Within the last 48 hours, there have been two major rescues that occurred when lifeguards were off duty in the Wildwoods - 6 victims were rescued at approximately 8:20 p.m. on August 6 in North Wildwood, and 3 victims were rescued at approximately 7:08 p.m. on August 7 in Wildwood. 

Unfortunately, one of the victims from the rescue in Wildwood has resulted in a fatality.

"With the recent afterhours rescues and hurricane season quickly approaching, it is more important now than ever that our visitors are aware of our beach rules and regulations, and to only swim when the lifeguards are on duty," said North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

"This is the time-period when we have riptides, and the largest crowds in terms of tourism. The Beach Patrol Chiefs and all the Mayors would like the public to know that it is always ill-advised to swim at night, afterhours, when lifeguards are off-duty," said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano.

"The ocean and beach are the most beautiful, environmental assets that our communities have to offer, but it does not come without risk," said Wildwood Crest Mayor Carl Groon. "Swimming without lifeguards on duty can be the difference between life and death."

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