Then the beaches had to close in 1987? 1988? because syringes, blood tubes and crack vials were washing up and suddenly someone asked themselves "Gee, I wonder if dumping in this ocean is really a good idea after all??"
I started surfing around the time of the beach closing saga and the local beaches were FILTHY! They weren't beach combing and the water was Shrek colored on a regular basis. Some days when I go out and look down and see crabs biting my feet, fish, seaweed, etc - I am like....damn. What a difference.
But back to the people dying/having to be rescued - I don't know what's going on lately other on a large group of people wanting to win Darwin Awards all at once or a very angry Mother Nature. I haven't been down to the Mid-Atlantic area since the Fall, but I am sure over the summer there's the same situation with little kids going out in the water with total lack of parental supervision (umm, it's not a pool, people) and people with lack of swimming skills being all badass and waiting until AFTER the lifeguards leave to go for a swim. I don't get it.
What's the normal protocol for guards in NY and NJ? In OCM at the end of their day they start whistling in anyone, and anything in the water. This goes on for about the last five minutes of their shift and all the bathers dutifully exit the water (I suspect this is the city's plan for avoiding legal liability once the guards are off duty). As soon as the guard jumps off his stand and starts pulling it up on the beach for the night, everyone promptly re-enters the water, only this time along with surfers.
What's the routine where you are, and what is their rationale behind their routine?
sounds like some one slept with the fishes, don giovanni style. my buddy pf is a lifeguard and he pulled up a dead body last year in vb, and he said it started foaming at the mouth when he hit land.
To be honest, I say its their own problem, they should understand the risk when swimming with no guards, but stuff does happen. I know for one if I saw someone screaming for help... guards or no guards I'd do my best to help them. For all I know they might not be able to swim and just got pulled out. If I'm already in the water, its that much closer than the life guards...