Sunday saved by sun in Rehoboth Beach

ByBob Brooks WPVI logo
Monday, September 5, 2016
Rehoboth Beach waters were off limits on Sunday, and for good reason.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (WPVI) -- Rehoboth Beach waters were off limits on Sunday, and for good reason.

"The wind is still blowing from the east, it's 40-plus. We have rips that are very dangerous and big waves that are still crashing on the beach," said Buckson.

But almost as soon as beach patrol's shift was over people went in.

And sure enough within minutes a man was being pulled under.

"I was swimming parallel to the beach," said the man, who didn't want to be identified.

He was visibly shaken, and his ego probably a little battered, too.

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"I was trying to swim to the wooden piece over there," the man said.

Luckily guards were still hanging around and probably saved his life.

"He couldn't get back in. ... You just get pummeled over and over and over again," said Ryan Kozel, Rehoboth Beach Patrol.

The message again: Don't go in the water until the surge of Hermine is gone.

"It's tough for us. It took me a long time to get out there. And it is not easy getting back in. That's the worst part, too," said Kozel.

Just feet away from the rescue, it a total change in vibes with a wedding!

"We weren't going to let a storm stop us from getting married," said Anthony Vidal, newlywed.

"I'm glad the weather cleared up and it's perfect," said Sherilyn Vidal, newlywed.

Though the storm has passed by southern Delaware, Sussex County still has one main concern - flooding.

Low-lying areas like neighborhoods off of Long Neck Road could still be hit.

Road signs are in place if needed.

Neighbors like Joanne Tumulty of Mariners Cove know from the past how bad it can get.

"Storms past it's come up here, and around and around the other side, also," said Joanne Tumulty of Long Neck.