RELEASE: Belmar Water Safety & Rip Current Awareness
Mayor Matthew J. Doherty
Colleen Connolly, Business Administrator
Today the Borough of Belmar launched a water safety and rip current awareness effort on every beach along Belmar’s 1.3 miles of oceanfront. Belmar’s Police and Public Works Departments established 19 locations along the beachfront where now stand educational signage on rip currents and a flotation buoy. The signs are written in both English and Spanish and pictorially explain how to get out of a rip current. The flotation buoys will also be placed at Belmar’s L Street Beach on the Shark River.
“Only swim when lifeguards are present, this is the one and only true way to stay safe in the ocean.” said Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty, “Our lifeguards are wonderful, but they cannot be there 24 hours a day and we sadly acknowledge that people will unfortunately attempt to swim outside of guarded hours. Chief Huisman came to me with this idea and we’re moving full steam ahead. If this awareness effort saves even one life, it will be worth it.”
“In addition to the hundreds of saves made by lifeguards during the day, many evening saves are made by surfers, off duty lifeguards, first aid and police officers. The flotation buoys are now at every beach to assist those attempting to help a distressed swimmer until first responders arrive.” Said Chief Andrew Huisman.
This effort is the start of an ongoing public education campaign for Belmar’s beach goers, residents and school aged children. The Belmar Police Department is working with the Monmouth County Dive Team to deploy resources to better inform and prepare Belmar beachgoers for the inherent dangers of our ocean.
Belmar Water Safety & Rip Current Awareness
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