WEEKEND #09, 2023
July 24, 2023
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
LIFEGUARD SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COMPETITION
Incident likely to impact future competitions
Lifeguards do not expect they will have to rescue a fellow lifeguard, but that is what happened last Monday night during the lifeguard competition in Dewey Beach when a North Shores lifeguard was seriously injured in the surf.
Photo courtesy David Moskowitz
The accident occurred as the guard was making an entry for the surf-dash event around 6:35 p.m. The 21-year-old struck his head and suffered a suspected spinal injury. He was taken by ambulance from Dagsworthy Street to the Rehoboth Elementary School where the Delaware State Police helicopter "Trooper 2" flew him to a trauma center.
Photo courtesy Dr. Thomas Evans
About 15 minutes later, a man in his 50's also suffered a suspected neck injury in the surf off Hickman Street in Rehoboth Beach. A medevac helicopter was called for him as well but it was later canceled and EMS personnel took him by ambulance to the hospital. His injuries were not as serious as first thought.
In this GoFundMe post the following day, Capt. Kent Buckson of the North Shores Beach Patrol identified the injured guard as Connor Hessler. Hessler, he said, was lifeguard rookie of the year in the summer of 2021, lifeguard of the year in 2022, and is currently the junior lifeguard instructor. He is a St. Mark's alumnus and is currently attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania. "Every donation will help offset the cost of medical expenses, rehabilitation, and any other expenses throughout his recovery," Capt. Buckson wrote.
Photo courtesy GoFundMe
More recent posts via Capt. Buckson indicate that Hessler is starting to see improvements in his mobility after surgery.
Capt. Jeff Giles of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol said he expects to have more safety officers and EMTs on standby at future events. Sussex County beach patrols are working with Matt Farlow from the Bethany Beach Patrol who represents the Sussex County Lifesaving Association to establish guidelines for future competition safety.
Even before this accident, it had been a difficult summer for Sussex County lifeguards. Connell Patrick O'Rourke, a 19-year-old lifeguard with the North Bethany Beach Patrol this summer, died on July 13. Other Sussex County lifeguards helped cover the stands there this past Friday while his colleagues attended his funeral. Also, James Hahn, a 21-year-old who was a past lifeguard in both North Shores and Rehoboth Beach, died on June 15.
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BOTH DRIVERS CITED AFTER CRASH WITH FIGHT ON REHOBOTH AVENUE
Rehoboth Beach police responded to a fight between motorists around 7 p.m. last Thursday here on the second block of Rehoboth Avenue. Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, says that the incident was reported as a fight in progress but officers learned it was caused by a property damage accident.
One driver cut in front of the other while attempting to park on the westbound side resulting in the collision, he said.
A bystander said one driver got out of the car and shoved the other.
The at-fault driver was cited for unsafe lane change and the other driver was issued a civil citation for disturbing the peace for pushing the at-fault driver, Lt. Riddle added.
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MAN FOUND IN CARDIAC ARREST; POSSIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE
A man was rushed to the hospital in cardiac arrest this past Friday from a residence in the ocean block of New Castle Street in downtown Rehoboth Beach. One report suggested it was a suspected drug overdose. But no comment yet from police. It was reported around 12:40 a.m.
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KLABE RETURNS TO GALLERY 50 WITH LUCID DREAMING
Kim Klabe opened her latest show, Lucid Dreaming, at Gallery 50 this past Friday. Why Lucid Dreaming? "That is the state I tend to be when working on pours," she explains, "somewhere between dreaming and consciousness. My mind gets loose and then gets lost in crazy lands of color and imagination; no drugs or booze -- except for the pour -- are necessary."
This show continues with her technique of pouring wine or beer onto a surface, letting it dry, and then identifying the shapes in the dried wine or beer to guide her painting. It is reminiscent of the inkblots. "I create a drawing," she says, "then add color with marker and pencil. There are some with painted backgrounds this year and one with gold leaf."
Here is Harley Duck, a 24" x 36" wine pour with a painted background.
This is the pour with the same title as the show, Lucid Dreaming. This is a 20" x 16" beer pour.
Klabe's show will be on display at Gallery 50 through August 9. Then Gary Fisher comes followed by Jason Wright. They are both featured in this Washington Blade article.
Photos courtesy Dale McGann and Kim Klabe
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CAMP REHOBOTH HOLDS RECEPTION FOR ARTIST RENATA PRICE
by Guillermo Silveira
CAMP Rehoboth held a reception this past Saturday featuring the oil paintings of Rehoboth Beach artist Renata Price whose show is on display this month. "The Beauty Around Us through Color, Shape and Shadow" is Price's first one-woman exhibition. She applies her traditional "Old Masters" style to a variety of subjects.
Price poses with her two favorite paintings presented prominently at the reception.
Artist Ed Gross and an art collector friend came to admire Price's art.
Here is a portrait of a young woman in white that is reminiscent of the famous 1901 Pierre Renoir painting, but it is presented under a different beautiful view.
Price's work will remain on display at CAMP Rehoboth through the end of the month.
Photos courtesy Guillermo Silveira
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Sunset after the Storm near Indian River Inlet by Dale Sheldon ...
Lewes Cruise to Watch Sunset and See Dolphins by Robert Howard via Susan Howard ...
Pelicans in Formation Flying along Beach at Gordon's Pond by Diane Scobey ...
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THE WEEKLY MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says her organization last week investigated a dead loggerhead sea turtle on the Indian River Bay in Dagsboro that was a suspected scallop dredge victim and a dead Kemp's Ridley sea turtle at Fenwick Island State Park which was a suspected victim of a shark bite. Here is a video of a leatherback sea turtle posted on the Indian River Inlet Delaware Fishing Facebook group.
PRESIDENT BIDEN SCHEDULED TO RETURN NEXT WEEKEND--- After a trip to Maine on Friday, President Joe Biden is scheduled to return to his beach house in North Shores next weekend! Please send along your Biden photos!
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