Emerald Isle is stepping up patrol on its beaches as summer approaches.
Now you'll see about two police officers on the beach and three beach patrolmen instead of the usual two. Town officials say this is a way to keep beach goers safe as the conditions of rip currents steadily change.
Officials are working closely with vacation realtors to help spread the word about rip current safety. They're also handing out more materials about the dangers. Officials are warning beach goers to swim parallel to shore if they get caught in rip current.
Town officials say the increased patrols are not a result of the two drownings last week, but rather because of the summer season.
Red flags were not up when both drownings took place last week. They were put up Sunday. Officials say they choose not to put them up after Thursday's drowning because the conditions of the water were safe.
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