Why the fuck do lifeguards patrol crowded beaches using pickup trucks?
It was the second time in a month that a lifeguard truck ran over someone at a local beach.
The earlier incident occurred June 30 at Pacific Beach and involved a 3-year-old girl whose collarbone was broken. San Diego police are investigating both accidents. Linda McGiness-Pleines, who was struck Tuesday afternoon, underwent surgery Friday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and was in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. The woman was lying face down on the beach near Lifeguard Tower No. 3 when she felt the front passenger tire of the truck roll over her head
And in Daytona Beach:
The use of pickups and other vehicles by Volusia County Beach Patrol personnel are under review after a part-time lifeguard ran over a sunbather in the sand. The vacationing woman was rushed to the hospital Sunday when she was struck by a Beach Patrol pickup that was making a U-turn in Daytona Beach Shores.
It was the third time in a little over a year that a Beach Patrol vehicle has struck someone on the beach. Dave Byron, county spokesman, said the matter will be discussed at the County Council meeting this Thursday.
“We are definitely going to look at the types of vehicles we have (on the beach),” Byron said. “Clearly, the question is relevant, whether we want to use the full-sized pickups. That clearly is going to be looked at.”
According to initial reports, Erin Joynt, 33, of Wichita, Kan., was lying on her stomach in the sand, north of Dunlawton Avenue.
Lifeguard Thomas Moderie, 21, of Daytona Beach Shores was driving a Beach Patrol pickup at about 10 a.m. when a pedestrian told him there was broken glass near the water.
Moderie tried to turn around by making what was described as a “safe U-turn,” troopers said. The front wheel of the county truck struck Joynt. She was hit in “the head area,” a trooper said at the scene.