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August 14, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Not much about how ocean lifeguards protect swimmers has changed since the late 19th century, when the country's first beach patrol was born on the Jersey Shore. For Sea Isle City patrol captain Renny Steele, it has been 40 seasons of watching with a keen eye, then jumping into action - and training others to do the same. There's the basic equipment: the ubiquitous lifesaving boat and missile-shaped floats called rescue "cans. " But for the amount of time it's in use, the prosaic guard stand - the power center of any swimming beach - is his patrol's most important tool.
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August 16, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A South Jersey man on Wednesday pulled a seven-foot thresher shark from the waters just off the shore of Ocean City. Just in time for Shark Week. The man, known as "Shark Tony," landed the 7-foot long beast after hooking it from a kayak and backpaddling to the beach near the 59th Street Pier. Mark Miedama, who worked as a member of the Ocean City beach patrol this summer, was sitting on the sand with friends about 7:30 p.m. waiting for Shark Tony to return to shore. Miedama noticed him struggling with a big catch.
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August 13, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Not much about how ocean lifeguards protect swimmers has changed since the late 19th century when the country's first beach patrol was born on the Jersey Shore. For Sea Isle City patrol captain Renny Steele, it's been 40 seasons of watching with a keen eye, then jumping into action - and training others to do the same. There's the basic equipment: the ubiquitous lifesaving boat and missile-shaped floats called rescue "cans. " But for the amount of time it's in use, the prosaic guard stand - the power center of any swimming beach - is his patrol's most important tool.
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July 6, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AUTHORITIES IN Ocean City, N.J., have recovered a body from the ocean believed to be a Hunting Park teen who disappeared after he and his friends got swept into the sea by a riptide June 29. Corinthian "Cory" Hammond, 14, went swimming with friends off the 9th Street jetty about 6:45 p.m. that day, after lifeguards had left their posts for the evening. They got caught in the riptide, as did some good Samaritans who tried to save them. A passer-by called 9-1-1 and the Beach Patrol Rapid Response Team, stationed at 12th Street, rushed to the scene and rescued 14 people.
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September 18, 1996 | By Mark Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maybe those cooler-than-usual weekends kept some swimmers out of the ocean. Perhaps lifeguards' staggered shifts helped. Or maybe not as many bad storms materialized as expected. Whatever the reasons, climatic or human, beach patrols up and down the Jersey Shore yesterday agreed: The Summer of 1996, when compared with the 1995 vacation season, was as safe as a stroll on the beach for Jersey Shore swimmers. Three people drowned while vacationing at the Shore this summer.
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June 14, 2012 | By James Osborne and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The body of 10-year-old Khitan Devine, who disappeared in the surf in Atlantic City on Sunday night, was found near the beach in Margate on Wednesday morning, according to the Coast Guard in Philadelphia. The body was discovered by lifeguards a few yards from shore at Huntington Avenue, about four miles south of where he went missing. Khitan, who lived in North Carolina with his mother but spent summers with his father in Philadelphia, was in the water with his family Sunday evening at a beach between Kentucky Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, officials said.
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October 12, 2004 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aside from a hundred or so cottages, a motel, and two or three restaurants, there isn't much here. It seems like a place that time has forgotten - or, at least, one that has long been forgotten by the rest of the township. Until now. When a contractor hired by Upper Township in the spring began driving pilings and constructing a foundation for a beach patrol station at the end of Williams Avenue, residents noticed. "When we saw this thing going up, we worried that it was going to be some big new thing that we didn't want to see on our beach," said Patty Miller, whose in-laws have owned a home in Strathmere for years.
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The Margate firefighter and lifeguard convicted of shoplifting from a Wawa last month must forfeit both jobs, an Egg Harbor Township municipal judge ruled Friday. Ashton G. Funk, 34, of Northfield, was arrested Sept. 10 on a complaint of shoplifting from the convenience store in Margate. Funk was off-duty from his position as a firefighter and on the beach patrol when he was allegedly seen carrying away $7.98 worth of items without paying. Because the case involved a public employee, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation and prosecution.
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August 25, 2008 | By Karen Langley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The beach in Avalon, closed Saturday when medical waste washed ashore, reopened yesterday, luring bathers to its freshly cleaned sand. Borough officials walked the beach before dawn and gave it "a clean bill of health," said Murray Wolf, captain of the beach patrol. The beach reopened at 10 a.m. Lifeguards had shut down more than a mile of shoreline when beachgoers found intravenous needles and cotton swabs on the sand. Wolf said about 150 items reached shore between 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. That forced the closing of a stretch of beach from Ninth Street to 28th Street, as fire company and rescue-squad workers scrambled to collect the materials.
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The Margate firefighter and lifeguard convicted of shoplifting from a Wawa last month must forfeit both jobs, an Egg Harbor Township municipal judge ruled Friday. Ashton G. Funk, 34, of Northfield, was arrested Sept. 10 on a complaint of shoplifting from the convenience store in Margate. Funk was off-duty from his position as a firefighter and on the beach patrol when he was allegedly seen carrying away $7.98 worth of items without paying. Because the case involved a public employee, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation and prosecution.
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July 12, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY - They are the boys - and girls - of summer. Bronzed by the sun and buff from the constant workout of swimming and rowing, lifeguards at beach patrols along the New Jersey coastline are ever ready to spring into action to save a desperate swimmer or locate a lost child. Their service is one steeped in tradition - and perhaps a bit of mystique. The concept of formally patrolling the beach to save lives may have, in fact, been spawned in America in New Jersey, with the founding in 1891 of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol.
SPORTS
August 22, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Nine a.m. roll call, Wildwood Beach Patrol. "David Buckley? Here. . . . Brett Kubiak? Here. . . . Joe Kubiak? Here. . . . Myra McCann? Here. " Next up: Sunscreen application? Moving the lifeguard stands? "Iron Rookie heat today. " Three first-summer lifeguards headed to the beach, just down from Morey's Pier. Their work day started with a half-mile run, a half-mile row, a 200-yard swim. (Yes, the swim is last.) Even for those not competing one morning, time was put into their schedule for a workout.
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July 24, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Officials expressed confidence Tuesday that free but ticketed beach concerts featuring country superstars Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum will go smoothly. "For a small town, we're used to this," said Deputy Police Chief William Mazur, who will oversee police operations for the two concerts, July 31 and Aug. 3. "I think Atlantic City was built for this type of event. " On Tuesday in Boardwalk Hall, Mazur and other officials from the city, beach patrol, Live Nation, and the sponsoring Atlantic City Alliance briefed Mayor Don Guardian on details for the shows, which they also hope will launch a burst of good news against this summer's onslaught of bad publicity from looming additional casino shutdowns.
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July 6, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AUTHORITIES IN Ocean City, N.J., have recovered a body from the ocean believed to be a Hunting Park teen who disappeared after he and his friends got swept into the sea by a riptide June 29. Corinthian "Cory" Hammond, 14, went swimming with friends off the 9th Street jetty about 6:45 p.m. that day, after lifeguards had left their posts for the evening. They got caught in the riptide, as did some good Samaritans who tried to save them. A passer-by called 9-1-1 and the Beach Patrol Rapid Response Team, stationed at 12th Street, rushed to the scene and rescued 14 people.
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July 2, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rescuers have called off their search for a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy who was swept away in a riptide Sunday evening in Ocean City, N.J. The search by the Coast Guard and the Ocean City Police Department ended just before 4 p.m. Monday. Cindy Oldham, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, said, "It's beyond the amount of time [the Coast Guard believes] he would be able to survive. " Oldham said rescue crews took into consideration the boy's age, his swimming ability, and the water temperature before deciding to discontinue the active search.
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June 15, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Question: So where does the Chuck Gowdy-Ashton Funk team rate in the all-time doubles row? Gowdy: I feel like we're on our way to being one of the best out there. Ash and I are on top of our game. It's hard to put yourself out there because we've only gotten to race against certain generations. It'd be interesting to go back in time and race some of these guys. Q: Has the technique evolved? Gowdy: Oh, yeah. That was when men were men! Heavier boats. We've kind of got lighter equipment.
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December 12, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Drawing a line in the sand, Cape May County officials began a campaign Monday against a bid in the state Senate to bar Shore towns from charging for beach access if they take state or federal aid to restore beaches ravaged by Sandy. They said the measure would be more catastrophic than the storm itself. "We'll do whatever we have to do to put a stop to this ridiculous idea," Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, who also is mayor of Sea Isle City, told a news conference in the gymnasium of the former Sea Isle elementary school called to show a "united front" against the bill and the first organized opposition to it. Desiderio said the Cape May County group will also solicit opposition to the bill from officials in Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties.
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December 11, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Drawing a line in the sand, Cape May County officials began a campaign Monday against a bid in the state Senate to bar Shore towns from charging for beach access if they take state or federal aid to restore beaches ravaged by Sandy. They said the measure would be more catastrophic than the storm itself. "We'll do whatever we have to do to put a stop to this ridiculous idea," Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, who also is mayor of Sea Isle City, told a news conference in the gymnasium of the former Sea Isle elementary school called to show a "united front" against the bill and the first organized opposition to it. Desiderio said the Cape May County group will also solicit opposition to the bill from officials in Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties.
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November 24, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Hurricane Sandy has resurrected New Jersey's perennial battle of the beach tag, with a new twist. State Sen. Michael J. Doherty (R., Somerset) said last week he planned to submit legislation requiring any Jersey Shore community accepting public funding to make storm repairs to give free beach access and provide restrooms to the public. Shore town officials, who say they depend on tag revenue to maintain beaches, called Doherty's proposal everything from "clownish" to "moronic" after the Oct. 29 storm that wiped out entire beach communities and whose damages will likely creep into the tens of billions.
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