See Charles Island and Silver Sands SP
Aug 18 2005
Firefighters rescued three girls caught in the fast-running tide between Charles Island and the beach Wednesday, in what has become a summer routine for a Fire Dept familiar with potentially dangerous incidents off Silver Sands SP.
The three teenagers, who were not identified, were not injured, said Chief Peter Healy. One is from Trumbull, another from Monroe and the third from Waterbury.
A swimmer who was close by spotted the struggling girls and called the Fire Dept on a cellular phone around noon, and the girls were rescued by Marine Unitfirefighters Steve Rabel and Mark Rose.
It was the third time this summer firefighters have been called to the island’s sandbar to rescue people who misjudged the tides and fell in the water.
According to state Department of Environmental Protection State Parks Director Pamela Adams, there are no lifeguards on duty at Silver Sands this time of year.
Adams said swimming near Charles Island is restricted, and the department doesn’t encourage people to enter the area. The DEP closed the area on an emergency basis through Sept. 9 for protection of nesting birds, including species on the state’s list of threatened species.
There have been "two or three" swimming incidents at Silver Sands since spring, Adams said. Those incidents, she noted, all occurred at a time of day when there were no lifeguards on duty.
Signs along the beach warn swimmers that the water can be potentially dangerous.
In 2004, at least 10 people who fell off the sandbar and got caught in the current had to be rescued.
Assistant Fire Chief James Wilkinson said people have to be more aware of the tide shifts. He emphasized that the danger is not only at the peak of high tide, and swimmers should take extra care three hours before and three hours after the peak.
"There’s a terrific riptide out there that can put the most experienced and skilled swimmer in danger," he said.
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