VIRGINIA BEACH-The Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service plans to have more eyes and ears and patrols to keep people safe at the Oceanfront this summer.
Starting Saturday, May 25, 41 lifeguards will work the resort area from 2nd Street to 42nd Street. They'll be on duty from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The big change will come in the evening. Weekends, from 6:00 p.m. until dusk, 15 lifeguards will watch the resort area, that's 5 more than last year. Weekdays, 12 lifeguards will work during the same time.
At the north end, an extra ATV will allow a second supervisor to patrol from 42nd Street to 89th Street.
"Each year we evaluate the job we did last season and determine needs to make swimming at the oceanfront safer this season. Our new plan costs the city nothing," said Tom Gill, Deputy Chief of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service.
Four people died while swimming at the Oceantfront last year.