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Beach Patrol Stats Suggest Major Uptick in Ocean Activity

Shown is a stock photo of a lifeguard boat on a Cape May beach in 2019.
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Shown is a stock photo of a lifeguard boat on a Cape May beach in 2019.

By Vince Conti

CAPE MAY – Statistics for the Cape May City Beach Patrol for May and June suggest that 2023 will be another banner year for tourism and a very busy one for those charged with keeping beachgoers safe. 

Cape May Beach Patrol Capt. Marty Franco reports that city lifeguards performed rescues utilizing 63 guards to save 67 victims in May and June. These rescues represented a 233% increase over the same period last year, according to Franco. 

Franco reports that the same period saw the Beach Patrol involved in 16 first aid calls, seven of which were associated with surf-related injuries. 

The statistics on rescues underscore the importance of beachgoers swimming near lifeguards on protected beaches. 

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