NPS TO CLOSE LIFEGUARDED BEACH IN BUXTON
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.
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?
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.