10/29/2012 05:32 pm ET Updated Dec 29, 2012

Crandon Park Saved From Hurricane Sandy's Coastal Flooding By Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (PHOTOS)

Who rescues lifeguard stands? Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, of course.

Though not human -- and definitely not kittens in trees -- several lifeguard stands needed saving at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The storm stayed offshore in the Atlantic on its way toward New Jersey, but areas like Crandon Beach took heavy coastal flooding. Palm trees were suddenly in the ocean, a "river" flowed behind the beach, and debris was everywhere.

Fortunately, shirtless MDFR heroes sprang to the rescue. Check out the damage -- and the braun -- in the photos below, courtesy Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Flooding At Crandon Park