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22,000+ calls for help on St. Johns Co. beaches

St. Johns County Fire Rescue releases numbers from Memorial Day to Labor Day

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – St. Johns County Fire Rescue released its summer-in-review on Wednesday, detailing how many marine rescues its team made on St. Johns County beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

A total of 22,700 calls for assistance were made over that period. Below is a breakdown of the call types.

  • Drownings - 0
  • Rescue citizen assist - 22,154
  • Swimmer in distress - 270
  • Medical - 142
  • Missing person - 49
  • Assist vessel - 58
  • Vessel fire - 3
  • Submerged vehicle - 9

St. Johns County Fire Rescue said more than 60 professional lifeguards staffed an average of 20 lifeguard towers along 42 miles of coastline in St. Johns County during the Memorial Day to Labor Day time period.

Those seasonal personnel were supplemented by career firefighters.

Although seasonal lifeguard staffing has concluded for 2015, SJCFR will continue 24-hour marine rescue response to reported emergencies on the beach and waterways of St. Johns County. Beachgoers are reminded to call 911 for any emergency on the beach.