Lifeguards from Southampton Town battled each other in an "interbeach" competition at on Dune Road in Bridgehampton on Monday, but heavy rain and lightning cut the event short.
The lifeguards came from all the town beaches, including , , Scott Cameron, and in the east and Ponquogue, Pikes and Tiana in the west. Unfortunately, the stormy weather stopped the action after just the long-distance run and long-distance swim events had been completed.
Sean Crowley, the head lifeguard of the east beaches, said he organized Monday's contest in order to prepare for the annual East Hampton Invitational Lifeguard Competition at on Thursday. Crowley explained that the East Hampton competition is the first in a series of increasingly important contests, and the team needs to work out ahead of time. He noted that each lifeguard must be matched with the event that best suits him or her, whether that be running, swimming or paddling.
Southampton will participate in both men's and women's events on Thursday. The Town’s women's team placed second in last year's East Hampton Lifeguard Competition.
The Southampton InterBeach Lifeguard Competition has been rescheduled for July 28 from 6 p.m. until dark at W. Scott Cameron Beach.