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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...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

By Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 29--Efforts to recover the body of a 23-year-old man who presumably drowned Sunday afternoon are on hold at Brannan Island State Recreation Area. The man, a Guatemala citizen, was last seen off the end of a sand spit near the confluence of Three-Mile slough and Seven Mile slough, about 150 feet from the designated swim area at the state recreation area. He had come out to the park with a group of friends to have a barbecue. The man...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

Rescuers suspended their search Sunday for a 10-year-old girl in the water off Coney Island, one of three swimmers still missing from powerful ocean currents at New York City and Long Island beaches over the weekend. Four other people drowned at local beaches Friday and Saturday, New York authorities said. The missing girl, Akira Johnson, was pulled under by currents while swimming Saturday afternoon. Her cousin, Tyriek Currie, 10, was rescued. - Karen Matthews, The Associated Press...

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....

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Sophia Chang, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 28--Long Beach city officials are meeting today to work on improving swimmer safety following a spate of riptide-related drownings, they said yesterday. City manager Charles Theofan said the focus will be on educating swimmers on rip currents. "We want to have a handout for everyone who is buying a pass on the Long Island Rail Road to go to the beach, where we try to give them that little extra bit of information on swimming after hours,"...

2008-07-27 00:00:38

By Tillie Fong A 15-year-old Commerce City girl apparently drowned while swimming in a pool at the Commerce City Recreation Center on Friday night.The victim, who was not identified, was taken to North Suburban Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.At 7:45 p.m. police and paramedics were called to the Commerce City Recreation Center, 6060 Parkway Drive, on a possible drowning.Earlier, the girl and some friends apparently had been swimming at the deep end of the pool, where the water was 9...

2008-07-26 15:00:26

By Maria Armental Paul Davis; Lisa Vernon-Sparks Heavy surf brings several days of dangerous currents, and two popular beaches closed yesterday because of potential water contamination. NARRAGANSETT -- From Westerly to Narragansett, strong swells and rip currents, leftovers from Hurricane Bertha and Tropical Storm Cristobal, continued to wreak havoc yesterday at area beaches. Turbulent weather also prompted state health officials to close several popular beaches -- including...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By James Carlson By James Carlson THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL The state's health department tested water at the Lake Shawnee beach on Thursday as a second employee walked out amid the controversy over lifeguards being asked to retrieve human waste from the swimming area -- and not speak to the media about it. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent workers to the lake at S.E. 29th and Croco Road as a precaution, said spokesman Mike Heideman. The test results are expected today....

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

Virginia Beach lifeguards have taken top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's Regional Lifeguard Competition. The 22-person team took the top honor during a series of events held on Pleasure Island in North Carolina on July 16 and 17, the association said. Lifeguards from Nags Head Fire and Ocean Rescue also placed first in the B Division, or small agency division. Corolla Ocean Rescue placed second, three points behind Nags Head. The competition also included...