A Gary, Indiana lifeguard has been fired after she was caught on video lying in the shade while on duty over the weekend.
The three-minute video, which was taken at Marquette Park Beach, was posted to YouTube Saturday and shows a lifeguard lying in the sand below her chair at the beach. The woman is seen still wearing pants and socks in the footage.
“I used to be a lifeguard for five years,” a beachgoer says in the video. “I just want to know why you’re lying down on the job. Aren’t you supposed to be watching the water?”
The woman in the video says she was resting there because it was in the shade.
LaLosa Bent Burns, the director of communications for Gary, told NBC Chicago that the lifeguard’s actions “inexcusable” and said she has been fired.
"It's inexcusable conduct and we addressed the situation as soon as we became aware of it,” he said.