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Fewer lifeguards on beaches for colder season

Posted by | November 3, 2016 | Lifeguards, Open Water Lifeguards

Lifeguards on Brevard’s beaches recorded 25 rescues this weekend as rip currents ravaged the eroded coast. October’s end also marks the end of warmer months for the 25 lifeguard stations in the county served by Ocean Rescue personnel.Until April, only five towers will have lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day: South Cocoa Beach Pier, Central Shepard Park, Central Lori Wilson Park, Minuteman Causeway/Coconuts and Paradise/Futch Park. Ocean rescue asks beach-goers to remain aware of the threat of rip currents, the danger of which has increased due to the erosion that took place as a result of Hurricane Matthew.Some safety tips offered by ocean rescue: – Never swim alone.- Swim near a lifeguard on duty.- Check in with the lifeguard regarding ocean conditions and hazards before going into the water.- Practice good judgment.- Swim and surf within your abilities.- Listen to all lifeguard warnings and announcements.


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