Maryland's Ocean City Beach Patrol

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol has been saving lives along Maryland’s Atlantic coast since 1930. The job remains that of “an athlete with a buoy,” and the reality of the responsibility dispels any stereotype of a cushy summer job filled by a teenager merely sitting in the sun all day. Aided by semaphore flags and a crate of sunscreen, the beach patrol’s lifeguards have reunited countless lost children with parents; they are charged to enforce the town’s beach ordinances; and sometimes at personal risk, they navigate rip currents and heavy surf to rescue distressed swimmers and bring them ashore to safety. This brief history examines the innovations, training, competitions, organizational structure, and character building that are all part of the serious life saving work of Maryland’s Ocean City Beach Patrol - young men and women whose inestimable contributions over the years have given rise to the patrol’s international reputation in lifesaving circles.
ISBN: 9781467103923
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of America
Images: 256
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Written by Robert M. Craig, the son of the beach patrol’s longest-serving captain, this narrative is illustrated by photographs drawn from the patrol’s archive, as well as images shared by current and former lifeguards, local photographers and newspapers, and family, including photographs taken by Capt. Robert S. Craig throughout his half century of beach patrol affiliation.
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