Number of lifeguards scaled down in Va. Beach

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by Cleve Bryan

WVEC.com

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 5:22 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH –  As the school year begins, the number of lifeguards is scaled back at the Oceanfront and unfortunately, it’s right as Hurricane Katia is creating some rough surf.

Kalia Haun and her fiance Nathan Anglin found themselves barely able to stand up in the ocean.

“It was actually pretty fun to tell you the truth, but it’s hard to get back where you want to go. I would start over here and end up on the other side of the hotel over there,” Haun said.

Instead of 40-50 guarded beaches, about a dozen now have lifeguards. Those are at the resort area of the Oceanfront.  There will, however, be about ten more guarded beaches on the weekends until the third week of September.  Then it will only be motorized patrols watching the water.

"What we have out here right now will do the job.  It’s just that we ask people to cooperate with us and try to swim in front of where the guards are,” said  Earl Stanton, Lt. with Va. Beach Lifesaving Service.

It’s recommended that beachgoers not go higher than waist deep.  But some, including a woman who share’s this hurricane’s name, insist on checking out the waves.

“My name Katia, KATIA,” exclaimed Katia Speller of Virginia Beach.

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