Clearwater Beach may have been the safest beach on the coast Friday as about 200 lifeguards came out to compete in life saving drills in the Gulf of Mexico. The lifeguards from Florida, Alabama, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands participated in the final day of the two-day James P. “Mac” McCarthy Memorial Regional Surf Livesaving Championships in the Pier 60 Park area of Clearwater Beach.
The Clearwater Beach Patrol hosted the event at which lifeguards competed in individual and team events such as a surf swim, a rescue board race and sand relays. Lest there be any concern about other areas of the beach being uncovered, the beach patrol assured there still were plenty of lifeguards to go around.
The competing lifeguards are in the Southeast Region of the United States Lifesaving Association, a nonprofit association of professional surf lifeguard.