Rough Surf Expected Along Jersey Shore This Week As Rescues Rise

Kristie Keleshian
July 11, 2020 - 5:08 pm
Long Branch Beach

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LONG BRANCH, N.J. (WCBS 880) – Rough surf is expected over the next week along the Jersey Shore, and with the number of beach rescues already rising, officials are warning beachgoers of the dangers.

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There have been 55 ocean rescues at Long Branch Beach alone since the Fourth of July, according to Dan George, the city’s beach manager.

“It was a low tide weekend, so our patrons would go out on the sand bar, tide comes in, and then they get washed off the sandbar and need to be rescued,” George said.

He said most rescues were for beachgoers standing on sandbars—people stand on the shallower parts of the shore during low tide, then get hit with the currents during high tide.

“A nice wave comes in, they catch it, go off the sand bar. They’re in the rip current,” he said.

George said the beach is expecting big surf through Thursday this week.

“So now we’re really expecting for our guards to be on their toes and to be ready with rip currents and big surf,” he said.

This year, because more of the beach is being used for social distancing, Long Branch lifeguards are using jet skis for rescues.

“We were concentrated in about a mile of beach in the past, now we’re trying to use all four miles, so we were patrolling with jet skis, because it worked so fast,” he said. “You can get somewhere in 20, 30 seconds on the jet ski, where it would take you five minutes to run a lifeguard down there.”

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