Drownings After Beach Hours An Issue Along Jersey Shore

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By Todd Quinones

WILDWOOD, N.J. (CBS) – Every evening at 5:30 in Wildwood, swimmers are told to get out of the water.

Lifeguards pull their stands out of the surf and the beach patrol calls it a day and heads home.

Moments later though, people head back into the water. It’s a ritual that has proven fatal at the shore this summer.

Five people have drowned off of a Jersey beach this season, including 10-year-old Khitan Devine who was swimming in Atlantic City.

He along with four others this summer all died while a lifeguard was not on duty.

“We will have an average of three or four rescues a day or some minor rescues. What we call a fish out,” said Captain Steve Stocks of the Wildwood Beach Patrol.

Captain Stocks has been with the Wildwood Beach Patrol for 27 years.

He says lifeguards…

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