ASBURY PARK, N.J. — A lifeguard at a Jersey Shore beach has been disciplined after a beachgoer took a photo of him using his cellphone while on duty.

Asbury Park beach officials have not disclosed the specific action taken against the lifeguard or released his name. But they note that lifeguards can be suspended or fired for using their cellphones in non-emergency situations.

The woman who took the photo on Saturday said she became frustrated that teen wasn’t watching over swimmers and others at the beach in the Monmouth County town. She said the teen didn’t even look up from his phone while she took the photo.

The woman then showed the photo to the city’s beach safety supervisor, who soon took the disciplinary action.

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