Budget cuts deactivate Ocean Shores rescue team

OCEAN SHORES — Budget cuts are forcing Ocean Shores to deactivate its surf rescue team.

The city says the 10-member team of police and firefighters cost about $5,000 a year for each member for hazardous pay and overtime.

In the absence of the team, the city is posting signs on beaches warning of rip currents. And it will rely on the Coast Guard in the event of emergencies.

Ocean Shores is seeking grants and donations to revive the surf rescue team and hopes it will be available in the summer months when the most tourists are on the Washington coast.

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