Hatteras lifeguards to deploy for summer on weekend

cape Hatteras Lighthouse

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — Lifeguards are poised to take their chairs along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Superintendent Barclay Trimble says summer lifeguard operation and services will begin Saturday, May 24, and continue through Labor Day, Sept. 1.

The three guarded seashore beaches include Coquina Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beach and Ocracoke Day Use Area. The lifeguards operate between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

During the winter of 2013-14, the National Park Service says cooperative efforts and partnerships led to an agreement between the Hyde County government and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Under the agreement, the two groups agreed to provide stop-gap funding for this summer, enabling the longstanding lifeguard operation for the seashore to return to a seven-day-a-week schedule during the summer.

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