Preventing Drownings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Virginia Beach officials are looking at how other resort cities prevent drownings.

That after four drownings over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, two at the oceanfront.

After last summer's four drownings, all of which were after guards had left for the day the city asked Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service to redeploy lifeguards or spend more money.

The guards on the stands currently work from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Patrols cover the beach after guards have left the stands, usually until 8 p.m.

Officials with the lifesaving service say liability insurance rates would skyrocket if they extend the hours, and say the city should try harder to discourage people from swimming in off-hours.

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