Ventnor Beach Patrol Captain David Funk issued an advisory for beachgoers on his personal Facebook page Monday, July 13. The advisory follows the death of a swimmer who went missing in the ocean after saving two of his female friends. They were swimming in the ocean after lifeguards left the beach for the day. Riptides have continued to be problematic for swimmers.
All Downbeach area communities have beaches guarded from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bathers are instructed to swim in front of lifeguards.
Here’s his post:
The Ventnor City Beach Patrol would like to remind all of those who visit our beaches to only swim when and where lifeguards are present and on-duty. Although the ocean is inviting, it is very unpredictable and can be treacherous to navigate for even the most experienced swimmers.
If caught in a rip current, try to relax and float, and do not swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore, stay relaxed yell for help and wave your hands. Rip currents will usually dissipate just past the break zone.
Always ask your local lifeguards about ocean conditions before heading in.