LAVALLETTE – The Lavallette Beach Patrol kicked off its lifeguard tournament season by hosting its annual Kemble-Treumuth Memorial Lifeguard Tournament at the Philadelphia Avenue beachfront in Lavallette.
Lavallette’s team fought tough water conditions to place second in the July 6 event with 23 points behind Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol, which took first with a commanding 34 points. Lavallette just edged out Brigantine, which placed third with 22 points.
“I think it was pretty good and a good way to start out the year,” said Lavallette’s Jake Limaldi. “I definitely think once we get a more solidified team — not one we just kind of put together — as the season progresses we’re definitely going to improve a lot.”
As predicted, Lavallette finished strong in the tournament’s final event, the boat relay. Each team sent all team members in pairs to row out and back around the flag in their Van Duyne rescue boats. Despite the waves and water conditions, the closing event went smoothly and Lavallette placed second while Brigantine finished third, giving Lavallette Beach Patrol the one-point edge overall.
The Kemble-Treumuth tournament was named in honor of William Kemble, a long time dispatcher, and Paul Treumuth, a young lifeguard whose life was taken by cancer.
“Paul died young but he loved this. This was him. This is what he liked to do,” said Tormollan. “Mr. Kemble was a dispatcher here. He put in years and years here.”
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