Lifeguards resume duty on Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs

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

Head lifeguard Brenden Moriarty and lifeguard Thomas Skeen (right) were on duty at Inkwell Beach Monday.

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.”