First I have been going to this beach for as long as I can remember. Always loved it here for so many reasons, but mainly for its peaceful location and the great lifeguards. Yesterday though I had a totally different experience. We had moved away for the last decade and just recently moved back. We were so excited to visit our favorite beach where our extended family is camping. My children were enjoying the water with their cousins when my son was stung by a stingray and not just a quick sting ...the thing stuck in his ankle and he had to remove it. We went to the lifeguard for help. She couldnt be bothered to come down from her tower to even look at his ankle or really hear what we had to say. Just told us to put his foot in hot water as its only a stingray sting and dismissed us. We put his foot in a bucket of hot water and my sons foot continued to swell and he went into shock. I rushed him to the local urgent care where they stabilized him, xrayed his foot to be sure No barbs were left in it and treated him, bandaged his ankle and we left with antibiotics to prevent infection from all the sand inside the wound. The lifeguard stand was right behind where we were sitting as my son went into shock and she was too busy gossiping to care about what was happening right in front of her! I went to file a complaint and couldnt get in touch with the park ranger only the lifeguards supervisor who happened to be with her right before I talked to him. I doubt she will be reprimanded for not doing her job. I emailed the park ranger so hopefully I hear back soon. So thoroughly disappointed and disenchanted
Update.. heard back from the park ranger in charge. He was upset to hear what had taken place and will be making sure that his staff is not going to act as the one did yesterday again. We will be in further communication as my son recovers. He was very professional, kind and understanding. Maybe if we can get into the park later this summer we might give them another chance and hopefully not need a lifeguard again but if we did it would be nice to know they are willing and able to help the public. He seems to be a genuine person and good leader..
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