Jersey Shore officials urge beachgoers to take caution after recent drownings

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (WPVI) — Families enjoyed the warm waves in Atlantic City on a beautiful September day.

At the beach on South Carolina Avenue, people had instructions from the lifeguards.

“There’s a slight pull,” said Scott Hill of Northeast Philadelphia. “But one lifeguard said just go in up to your knees and that’s it.”

The warm ocean is also rough and the risk of rip currents remains high.

While guards are on duty in Atlantic City through September, many beach towns are only on on weekends or for the entire year.

There were 13 rescues in Atlantic City over the weekend, and officials are sending a message to swimmers:

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“Please come swim ahead of us,” said Atlantic City Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey, “or we’ll come down and suggest you come swim ahead of us.”

A man drowned at Loveladies Beach on Long Beach Island over the weekend.

It happened around 3pm on Saturday afternoon and officials say they tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

A Pennsylvania man drowned on an unpatrolled beach near 12th Street in Ocean City on Thursday.

The son of the man who tried to save him survived.

SEE ALSO: Pennsylvania Man Drowns While Swimming Off Ocean City

Officials say the nice weather and warm water appear to be bringing more people to the coast.

“A lot of people come in who haven’t had the opportunity because it’s been unseasonably cold all summer,” Downey said. “But in the last two weeks it has been warming up. We went from 55 to 75 over the course of a few days. So we see an increase in swimming throughout the week.”

In Atlantic City, guards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September 30

Schedules vary by city, so make sure you check before heading to the beach and call 911 if you see someone in distress and lifeguards aren’t around.

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