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2008-08-23 00:00:19

By paul greaves Lifeguards came to the rescue of a father and son after an afternoon swim in the sea almost ended in tragedy. The RNLI team on Bantham beach in South Devon are being credited with saving the lives of the eight-year-old boy and his father, who were caught by a strong rip current a short distance from shore. The incident happened on Wednesday after the boy swam out beyond the flagged area which warns of dangerous seas. Now the RNLI has issued a new warning to people...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Matthew Spolar, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 1--HARRISBURG -- The drowning of a teenager living in Warminster has revived debate over a decision earlier this year to eliminate lifeguards at virtually all state park beaches. Eric Williams, 17, was swimming in Fuller Lake at a Cumberland County state park with a group of youths when he suddenly disappeared as they were getting out of the water around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The teens were from the Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

There's nothing like a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean on a sweltering summer's day. Yet the sea can be treacherous, as it was this past weekend. The surf was up, and so were warning flags atop lifeguard huts. Black flags prohibit any entry into the water; red signify dangerous currents and undertows. Unfortunately, both colors were largely ignored. The upshot: 15 drownings and near-drownings. Five swimmers lost their lives - in Haifa, Atlit, Netanya and Tel Aviv. Many of the...

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Kecia Bal, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Jul. 28--TRENT -- As a young girl, Dixie Kelly of Rockwood would head out to the beach area at Laurel Hill State Park with her mother and sister. On Friday, she decided to take her four grandchildren there with beach balls and blankets, now that the area has been updated with new facilities. Right away, she noticed a sign warning that no lifeguards are on duty. "As long as you have parents watching, it should be OK," she said....

2008-07-25 03:00:29

By Pamela Hale-Burns They're a vital part of a day at the beach, but even lifeguards want to have fun. For almost 20 years, that fun has come in the form of the California Surf Lifesaving Association Southwest Regional Junior Lifeguard Championships. The junior lifeguard programs provide beach and water safety training for boys and girls. The regionals, which are being held this year in Seal Beach today and Saturday, officially began in 1980. The event includes lifeguards...

2008-07-22 09:00:40

FRESH FROM winning a regional lifeguard competition in North Carolina, Virginia Beach's lifeguards pulled 21 people from the water Saturday. Kitty Hawk lifeguards rescued nine swimmers. On Thursday, lifeguards in Duck and Southern Shores had 72 water rescues. No one died in the waters off Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks last weekend, thanks to the tough, relentless work of the lifeguards, some of whom had just returned from taking top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's...

2008-07-21 08:44:54

By JOHN WARREN By John Warren The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH Don't be fooled by the lack of precipitation, beachgoers. Tropical Storm Cristobal is not your friend. It's not what's in the sky that you have to look out for - it's underwater. Rip currents produced by the storm have led to an increase in the number of rescues by lifeguards in Virginia Beach and on the Outer Banks recently, lifeguards say . Though Sunday's numbers were not available, on Saturday, 21 people were...

2008-07-12 15:00:15

By Nate Kelly, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jul. 12--Whether it's a matter of more people on the beach or more rescue personnel patrolling the beach, this year is seeing twice as many water rescues as compared to last year's numbers. "The weather plays a big part of it," said Deputy Chief Sean Hughes of the South Walton Fire District. "The surf and wave action was particularly volatile during the spring; this moved the sandbar confi guration and created a lot of rip currents,"...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Katie Curley, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 11--SALISBURY -- Early yesterday morning a line of cars idled, waiting to get into the Salisbury Beach State Reservation as myriad colored umbrellas, towels and chairs lined the beach. On a hot summer day, the reservation and Salisbury center can be a busy place for lifeguards, and this year it seems even more hectic. "I think because of the gas prices, people are staying local and coming here," said lifeguard Kris Reslow....


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.