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Rough Surf Down The Shore Forces Swimming Restrictions

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Swimming restrictions are in place in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Swimming restrictions are in place in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

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By Mike Dougherty

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) – Hurricane Cristobal is traveling up the East Coast, causing dangerous surf and rip currents along the way — forcing swimming restrictions throughout the Jersey Shore.

Lifeguards in Ocean City are only allowing people to wade knee-deep.

“Mother Nature is still in charge,” says Beach Patrol lieutenant Paul Gallagher. “Don’t think that just cuz you think you know…”

Gallagher says the rules are in place to make sure everyone gets home safe:

“Pay attention to your guards. Obey their directions. People with little ones, just don’t let go of them.”

Beach Patrol lieutenant Paul Gallagher (right) outside the Ocean City Beach Patrol building. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Beach Patrol lieutenant Paul Gallagher (right) outside the Ocean City Beach Patrol building. (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

The big, white cap waves are just as powerful as they are beautiful. Vacationers who spoke with KYW Newsradio understand why there are swimming restrictions:

“It’s just a matter of keeping closer to shore than we normally would, but that’s OK. As long as the kids get to go in and ride their boards, they’re satisfied. And I’m not really a deep ocean type of guy.”

“We’re sitting close by. We want to definitely stay right here. This is my son Eric.”

“I can’t go out as far because she won’t let me,” Eric says.

And neither will the lifeguards.

Look at the bright side though — a day in shallow water is still better than a day at the desk.

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