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Friday, August 05, 2016

Ocean City Water Rescues Way Down So Far This Summer

OCEAN CITY — Water rescues performed by the Ocean City Beach Patrol are down substantially this summer.

According to statistics, rescues are at a five-year-low.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Melbourne “Butch” Arbin says Mother Nature is playing a huge factor in driving down what many have perceived to be problematic numbers in recent years.

“It’s been a really hot summer,” said Arbin. “When we have a lot of hot, hot heat, there is little to no wind, and when there is no wind, you have very few waves and that means very few rip currents.”

Nationwide, rip currents make up almost 80 percent of all water rescues, but in Ocean City, Arbin says the number of rip-current related water rescues is significantly higher than the national average.



Anonymous said...

Too bad the Great White Sharks aren't out there looking for some snacks!

Anonymous said...

What's he talking about "a really hot summer"? It's only been up in the 90's for the last 2 weeks or so. Before that it was really nice and comfortable. And we've also had a lot more rain this summer than I ever remember. I've hardly had to water my outdoor plants at all.