Jersey Shore town to install 2 lightning detectors after lifeguard's death last summer

Beaches in Brick Township will have two lightning detectors installed this summer after a 19- year-old lifeguard in South Seaside Park was killed last August when a lightning strike hit the stand from a storm miles away.

News 12 Staff

May 31, 2022, 11:40 AM

Updated 755 days ago

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Beaches in Brick Township will have two lightning detectors installed this summer after a 19- year-old lifeguard in South Seaside Park was killed last August when a lightning strike hit the stand from a storm miles away. 
The devices detect lightning and beep -- alerting to get to a safe place even if skies don't look threatening.  
“With this, it takes the human error out of it, and it will detect lightning by a discharge,” says Dan Santaniello, superintendent of Brick Township Recreation. “It's not going by strictly radar.”
The devices will warn about the danger using sensors and a horn. Two detectors made by Strike Force will go on wooden posts at Brick Beach 1 and at Brick Beach 3.
“We can detect it up to 20 miles,” says Santaniello. “The alarms will go off, sirens will go off, we'll get right to it with our guards clearing the beach."
These are the same type of detectors used at golf courses and other outdoor venues. The sirens will only be in operation from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., but a strobe light will flash outside of beach hours, warning people in the area of potential danger.  


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