Rip current risk high at Jersey Shore beaches as lifeguards leave for summer season

Many beaches have now lost most of their lifeguard staff following the tragic weekend at the Jersey Shore which saw at least three people die in the rough surf.
Large waves continue to form dangerous rip currents in Ocean County. Beaches in Seaside Park also have no lifeguards on duty. However, in Seaside Heights, a small staff remained on patrol, although no one was allowed in the water.
Seaside Heights will keep a minimum staff on every day through Sunday and then weekends through Sept. 24. Beachgoers are reminded by officials not to swim without lifeguards on duty.
Jay Boyd, Seaside Heights Beach Patrol, advises beachgoers to check the website of their local beach to find out if they’re staffed with lifeguards.