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THEN: In the summer of 1956, Ocean City lifeguard Jack Parker of College Park keeps an eye on swimmers from his lifeguard stand. (Joe DiPaola Jr., Baltimore Sun photo 1956)

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NOW: During the summer of 2010, lifeguard Joya Canfield signals another lifeguard as they keep an eye on swimmers near the boardwalk as Hurricane Earl was making its way to the coastal areas. During hurricanes and tropical storms, riptides can become a concern for Ocean City and the lifeguards on duty. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun photo 2010)

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