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Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Cape Hatteras National Seashore recently hired lifeguards to fill vacant positions in Buxton, ensuring that all National Park Service beaches have lifeguards for the remainder of the 2006 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, in Buxton, and at Coquina Beach in Nags Head. The Park is still looking for two ocean certified lifeguards at the GS-4 grade level; 1 located at Buxton and 1 located at Ocracoke. Housing may be available. If you are interested in these positions, please call (252) 928-5111. 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. Know your limits and understand the hazards. = SWIMMING - Do not swim in hazardous surf. Swim near a lifeguard. 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, remain calm and remember it will not pull you under. Swim parallel to the shore until you break free, then swim diagonally toward the shore. If you cannot swim out of the current, float until it weakens, then swim diagonally toward the shore. Summons help by waving for hands for assistance.
For more information on rip currents, ask a lifeguard or check the website at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.