Atlantic City lifeguards save two a week before beaches officially open – Reuters

Two people were pulled from the ocean on Saturday, a week before Atlantic City lifeguards officially took action.

Firefighters and lifeguards responded to Connecticut Avenue for a swimmer in distress, Beach Patrol Chief Steve Downey said.

Rescuers helped bystanders pull the man, who was alert, Downey said. The swimmer, whose name has not been released, was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Rescuers also pulled out a little girl after she was washed up in a pile of rocks while on a boogie board near Tennessee Avenue.

Although rangers won’t officially patrol the waters until Memorial Day weekend begins on Saturday, Downey has decided to have about 10 rangers on duty this weekend.

“The beaches were packed today,” he said of the warm temperatures that brought many people to the beach.

Last year, there were 55 rescues on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, prompting Downey’s move this weekend.

“I’m glad we did,” he said. “We will have work crews all week to prepare and be ready to respond to an emergency.”

The five or six days of storms made the area more prone to rip currents, Downey said.

Beachgoers are reminded that they should only go in the water when lifeguards are on duty.