Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 11:03PM
Asbury Park, NJ (WABC) — Officials warned beachgoers on the Jersey Shore to stay out of the water despite rough surf and hot weather.
There were several drownings and rescue missions over the Labor Day weekend as strong rip currents made swimming dangerous.
Many beaches no longer have lifeguards because they are understaffed.
As the crowded shores clear after Labor Day, visitors from Asbury Park are trying to enjoy the last taste of summer.
“Am I disappointed? No. Even if I can’t get in, you can’t have a day at the beach,” Dina Ruskin said.
These waters may attract beachgoers due to surf conditions, but there are red flag warnings on ATVs and lifeguards trying to keep the public safe.
Joe Bongiovanni, director of beach safety at Asbury Park, said: “Most of the beaches are closed. There are no lifeguards on duty. A little bigger waves are expected today so there won’t be any in the short term. Get better.”
Beachgoers like Elizabeth Ferrer are still trying to get to the beach while adhering to safety rules.
“It’s a bit disappointing that we can’t go in because we drove here and wanted to enjoy the day. But we’re making the most of it,” Elizabeth Ferrer said.
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