Harvey Cedars Reports Rip Current Rescues

Sep 23, 2019

Strong rip currents and rough ocean conditions have made it a busy time for the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol. Police Chief Robert Burnaford said that on Sept. 16, there were two separate incidents between 79th and 80th streets. In one instance, two swimmers were in distress from rip currents; in the other, four swimmers were involved. Burnaford said all were safely rescued.

“Bystanders called 911, and within minutes, lifeguards arrived on their quad vehicles,” he said.

The 80th Street beach is guarded on weekends, while the beach at Middlesex Avenue is guarded daily. But both beaches will be without guards following Sunday, Sept. 29.

Burnaford said that on Sept. 22, four swimmers got caught in rip currents at the Middlesex Street beach about an hour before the guards were to begin patrolling at 10 a.m.

“Two people were able to get out on their own,” he said. “Two others were helped by someone on a paddleboard.”

“This wasn’t too unusual,” said Beach Patrol Chief Randy Townsend. “Every September we get these calls. This is the time when surf conditions can get dangerous. On our Facebook  page, we urge that people swim at the guarded beaches, but there will always be some people who will venture out anyway in an unguarded area.” E.E.

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