Vehicle In Surf At Smith Point Sparks Water Rescue

(Mastic Beach Fire Department Facebook photo.) The vehicle was seen in the surf at the Smith Point outer beach Saturday afternoon, fire department officials say. By Lisa Finn, Patch Staff Sep 21, 2019 9:07 pm ET SHIRLEY, NY — A vehicle was found in the surf at the Smith Point outer beach Saturday. The Mastic Beach […]

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September 21, 2019

2019 Summer Season is over!

And we are off… and just like that 2019 season is over. Please be safe, be smart and remember … always swim near a lifeguard! Beach Safety Tips1.Swim only in guarded area.2.Do not dive into shallow water.3.No ball playing or Frisbees on shore line.4.Never swim alone.5.Children should always swim with adult supervision.6.Check with lifeguards on […]

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September 3, 2019

Water Safety of the Week #8

Learn Rip Current Safety: USLA has found that some 80% of rescues by USLA affiliated lifeguards at ocean beaches are caused by rip currents. These currents are formed by surf and gravity, because once surf pushes water up the slope of the beach, gravity pulls it back. This can create concentrated rivers of water moving […]

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August 9, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #6

Obey Posted Signs and Flags: It sometimes seems as though there are too many signs, but the ones at the beach are intended to help keep you safe and inform you about local regulations. Read the signs when you first arrive and please follow their direction. Flags may be flown by lifeguards to advise of […]

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July 25, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #5

Use Sunscreen and Drink Water: Everyone loves a sunny day, but exposure to the sun affects your body. Without sunscreen, you can be seriously burned. The sun’s rays can also cause life-long skin damage and skin cancer. To protect yourself always choose “broad spectrum” sunscreen rated from 15 to 50 SPF, or clothing that covers […]

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July 19, 2019

Water Safety Tip of the Week #4

Check with the Lifeguards: Lifeguards work continually to identify hazards that might affect you. They can advise you on the safest place to swim, as well as places to avoid. They want you to have a safe day. Talk to them when you first arrive at the beach and ask them for their advice. Source: […]

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July 12, 2019

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Water Safety Tip of the Week #3

Swim with a Buddy: Many drownings involve single swimmers. When you swim with a buddy, if one of you has a problem, the other may be able to help, including signaling for assistance from others. At least have someone onshore watching you. Source: www.usla.org?

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July 6, 2019

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Water Safety Tip of the Week #2

Swim Near a Lifeguard: USLA statistics over a ten year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five times as great as drowning at a beach with lifeguards. USLA has calculated the chance that a person will drown while attending a beach protected by USLA affiliated lifeguards […]

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June 28, 2019