• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

NPS TO CLOSE LIFEGUARDED BEACH IN BUXTON

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Date: August 1, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Cape Hatteras National Seashore life guarded beach in Buxton will close beginning Monday, August 04, 2008, due to the unexpected loss of seasonal staff. Efforts are currently being made to hire additional staff in anticipation of re-opening the guarded beach in the near future. The Seashore’s guarded beaches on Ocracoke Island and Coquina Beach, near south Nags Head, will remain open seven days a week, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, through Labor Day.

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 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. Know your limits and understand the hazards.

SWIMMING

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

SEA LIFE

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

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.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.