Should Swimmers Who Ignore 'No Lifeguard' Signs And Get Into Trouble Be Fined?

Rescues strain emergency responders and municipal budgets


We've had well-publicized warnings of no lifeguards on duty and treacherous rip currents in Ocean County over the past few weeks.

Yet some visitors continue to venture into the surf, and have to be rescued, putting a strain on emergency responders.

Do you think there should be a law on the books establishing fines for anyone who ignores the warnings, anyway and has to be rescued?

Let us know what you think in the comments section and take our poll below.

Kathleen June 18, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Yes. Stupid is as stupid does.
jerseyswamps June 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM
A lot of families can't afford the high beach fees and come after 5 p.m. when life guards are gone. So if they are not sure if someone is having trouble they may wait to call for help if they face fines. Nothing bad could happen here, right?
Jack June 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
That's ridiculous ! A person swims at his own risk if he ignores the lifeguards . If your going to start fining people , then people will start suing if the rescue attempt is unsuccessful ! Cuts both ways so leave it as it presently is !
AUDREY FREDERIKSEN June 19, 2012 at 02:17 PM
If signs are posted, "NO LIFEGUARD, SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK", and the swimmer needs rescue, then I would charge the swimmer for the fee to rescue.
Poindexter McSmash June 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM
What's next? Do you realize that we are all being conditioned to do nothing! Life itself is a risk. If you go to the park, you will see a big sign saying no skating, no biking, no this, no that. Do you want to know why? Because if you get hurt, the insurance has to pay. Better not let that happen! So, you better stay home and keep getting fat with no hope of any adventure. So I say no! I don't want you to hold my hand when I cross the street... ~ Have a nice day! ~


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