Assateague Beaches Reopen Thanks To Assistance From Army Corps of Engineers
Contact: Rachelle Daigneault, 410-629-6088
Contact: Liz Davis, 410-629-6087
Berlin, Maryland – Members of the Baltimore District Army Corps of Engineers Explosive Safety Office have completed an instrument assisted visual survey of 100% of the North Ocean Beach area of the National Seashore and southernmost area of Assateague State Park beach, both previously closed to the public. The team spent two days sweeping the beach with sophisticated instruments for unexploded ordnance and debris from World War II when Assateague was used as a practice site. All items recovered during this survey were deemed to be inert (safe). No live ordnance or evidence of live ordnance was recovered during the survey. Given the findings of the assessment team, officials at Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park have determined that the area is now safe for public access and will reopen. Visitors should remember that Assateague is a dynamic place and it is still possible for fragments, debris and other ordnance to become exposed at any time. These items should still be treated with respect. Visitors should follow the 3Rs, “Recognize, Retreat, and Report.” Call 410-641-1441, and press 3 and then 1 to report any questionable metal beach debris.
Did You Know?
"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Such was the life of a surfman from fall to spring. The forgotten heroes of the U.S. Life-Saving Service rescued numerous shipwreck victims from Assateague's waters. The island was home to 4 Life-Saving Stations in the late 1800's-early 1900's.