May 25, 2018

Lifeguards Return for the Summer at Three Island Beaches

Lifeguards are returning for the summer season on Saturday, May 26, at three beaches within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, per a recent announcement from the National Park Service.

The three locations where lifeguards will be stationed are as follows:

•    Coquina Beach, located across from the Bodie Island Lighthouse site.
•    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, adjacent to the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site
•    Ocracoke Day Use Beach, 1.5 miles south of the NPS campground

Lifeguards at these three sites are on duty during the summer months from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from the community that this is a service that is important to them, and we want to make sure we have some locations where folks can swim in the ocean, and have some peace of mind that there are lifeguards nearby,” said Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac. “So we are proud to have these three lifeguard [stations.]”

“We recommend that swimmers who are not experienced stick to these lifeguarded beaches,” he added. “The ocean can be overwhelming – even for people with experience – and the Outer Banks has a very high energy surf, with rip currents that can provide an additional hazard.”

The lifeguards on duty can answer questions on swimming safety and weather conditions, and visitors can also access information on swimming conditions and weather via the daily rip current forecast at www.weather.gov/beach/mhx. Rip current safety info is also available at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.

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