Extended Lifeguard Hours in Ocean City

The Ocean City Beach Patrol will protect the Eighth, Ninth and 12th street beaches every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the Ocean City Gazette reports.

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol will protect the Eighth, Ninth and 12th street beaches every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the Ocean City Gazette reports.

Previously, lifeguards were only available for extended hours on Friday and Saturday, according to the report.

The change follows the drowning of Corinthian Hammond, 14, of Philadelphia, by the Ninth Street beach last Sunday.

This week, Mayor Jay Gillian used his weekly Mayoral Address on the city's website to caution visitors and residents about beach safety, including only swimming at guarded beaches.

There has not been a death on a guarded beach in 116 years, according to the report.

For more, visit shorenewstoday.com.
Frank July 05, 2014 at 10:25 PM
The public needs to also take responsibility for their own actions. I realize this is a foreign concept but using common sense would also save lives.
Maggie Stern July 06, 2014 at 08:18 AM
MIKE HAMILTON………………..agree totally
Eric Sauder July 06, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I too read the article in the ACP and there is a stretch of beach where someone drowns almost annually. I agree that it is a shame that action was taken only in response to another drowning. But I fear that the increased hours have a lot more to do with the carefully crafted image of Ocean City as a safe town and how this could effect Ocean City's image and tourism. Perhaps they should cite people for swimming at unprotected beaches? This is a knee jerk reaction and I'm not sure its a solution. Who's to say people won't go in the ocean after 8:00?
Matthew July 06, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Mike your personal vendetta with Mullineaux is exhausting. For you to place the blame of this child's death on Mullineaux is a tribute to your character. Chief of Operations Mullineaux and Fire Chief Bruenig created the Rapid Response team for after hours rescues. The OCBP and OCFD saved 14 lives that night 14!!!!!!!!!!! Neither Chief received credit or expected it. Your sir are a bitter old never was. This child's death is an absolute tragedy but if it weren't for our first responders it would have been catastrophic. So go on and criticize someone for doing more! Go count tax payer funded pay out ya creep
Michael Hamilton July 06, 2014 at 02:08 PM
I'll repeat/reply. Only God can place blame on the child's death. I blame Mullineaux on his failure to have in place what is now forthcoming, when he has known of the dangerous situation that is present at mid-town beaches. The rapid response team did a great job, but the 10- to 8-pm guarding of 8, 9, and 12 should have been in place from the start of the season. Bruenig's expertise is still in fire prevention and fire fighting. Mullineaux after decades on the OCBP should be an expert in "water safety and drowning prevention", but history proves otherwise. I am so hurt that you called me a creep :)(:


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