At the break of day, men and women in red swimsuits hit the beach in Ocean City. They’re members of the Beach Patrol.
Ocean City’s lifeguards like to call themselves the “just add water beach patrol,” because people tend to think they simply show up for the summer months to patrol the resort’s beaches.
Without the late Capt. George Schoepf, the Ocean City Beach Patrol would almost certainly not be what it is today: an organization with more than 130 members who patrol about 10 miles of beaches.