Lifeguards resume duty on Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs

Lifeguards resume duty on Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs

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Head lifeguard Brenden Moriarty and lifeguard Thomas Skeen (right) were on duty at Inkwell Beach Monday. — Photo by Steve Myrick

Lifeguards resumed their posts on Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs Monday for the first time since 2009, when the town eliminated the program because of budget constraints.

Voters appropriated $54,712 at the annual town meeting to restore the program on a limited basis, as part of the recreation department. The town hired four lifeguards, who will work 35 hours per week as seasonal employees. Two guards are on duty every day from 9 am to 5 pm.

“We’re glad to have them back,” said highway superintendent Richard Combra, Jr., who also serves as a parks commissioner. “Our intention is to grow the program and provide coverage on the Pay Beach side.”


    1. really, if you drown on that beach, you deserve a Darwin award..

      Funny that the most dangerous beach (based on deaths per 100,000 visitors) is Lucy Vincent.. which has lots of people making sure no “UN-authorized”) people are getting on –are you reading this, Eric ? — has no life guards..

      Actually, it’s not funny. people die because the residents of Chilmark don’t want to spend money for life guards.. and bicyclist beware because they don’t want to widen the road to accommodate bicycles..

  1. I drove by there this morning and both lifeguards were sleeping. One was curled up in a fetal position and the other sideways with his head back. Unbelievable!