NYC lifeguards don't exactly have a reputation for being a team of Mitch Buchannons—over the years, lifeguards have been caught jamming, drinking and generally slacking off on the job. It appears the tradition continues in 2014, even with all these white sharks running wild—six lifeguards were allegedly caught smoking pot in Far Rockaway on July 4th.

DNAinfo reports that cops found "two marijuana cigarettes," two bags of marijuana and a pipe in a car where six lifeguards were reportedly hanging out during their lunch break on Independence Day. Two of the accused lifeguards have already resigned; a third lifeguard, who is 17, has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and she and another lifeguard were issued tickets.

The Parks Department did not respond to our request for comment, but a spokesman told DNAinfo, "Two of the lifeguards have resigned. We are also investigating the circumstances behind this incident."

It's true that rain soaked Rockaway Beach for most of the 4th, but it's also worth noting that the surf there is notoriously treacherous—someone drowns there almost every year; in 2012 a 14-year-old boy drowned in an off-limits area with no lifeguards on duty.

Update 2:49 p.m.: A Parks Department spokesperson tells us:

We are investigating the circumstances behind this incident. Two lifeguards have resigned. Others reported to be involved are not currently patrolling the beach. NYC Parks employs some 1500 lifeguards who work hard each day to keep the thousands of people who swim at our beaches and pools safe. That is a serious responsibility for which lifeguards are required to be fit for duty at all times.