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Date: July 2, 2007
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Cape Hatteras National Seashore recently hired lifeguards to fill vacant positions in Buxton ensuring that all three designated National Park Service beaches have lifeguards for the remainder of the 2007 summer season. Lifeguards are now on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week through Labor Day on Ocracoke Island, Buxton and Coquina Beach in Nags Head.

Before going to the beach, please check with local weather sources for updated surf and rip current conditions. While at the beach, you should also check with the lifeguards for current conditions and any safety concerns. Planning your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore will enhance your enjoyment and comfort. Having an accident will spoil any vacation. Please observe all rules and regulations for your safety and the safety of other around you. Know your limits and understand the hazards.


Do not swim in hazardous surf. Please watch your children in and near the water at all times.


Use caution to avoid jellyfish and stingrays. If stung by a jellyfish, apply vinegar and meat tenderizer. Do not touch irritated skin or wash with fresh water. Shuffle feet lightly while wading to scare stingrays away.


Rip currents are strong river-like currents that move away from the shore. If caught in a rip current, stay calm, wave for assistance, and swim parallel to shore. Don’t swim against the current. Once out of the current, swim directly to shore.

For more information on rip currents, ask a lifeguard or check the website at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.

Did You Know?

A navigational chart showing Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals

When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.