Massachusetts is increasing lifeguards on state beaches and swimming areas

BOSTON – Massachusetts will increase rescue hours in nearly 30 swimming areas in the state from Saturday.

After last summer drowning jump and incentives to hire lifeguards proposed earlier this year, the state said rescuers would be on duty from 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. five or seven days a week, depending location.

“The safety of our shores is a top priority for the Baker-Polito administration, and we continue to recruit lifeguards who are committed to ensuring that residents and visitors can experience these exceptional shores in a safe environment throughout the season,” Energy and Environmental Secretary Beth Card.

Since the weekend of Remembrance Day, DCR-designated swimming areas have been conducting water quality tests. These places also have ropes and buoys that show where people should swim. However, DCR said while rescuers will be on duty, people still need to practice water safety.

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