Lifeguards Ask Swimmers To Be Safe In The Water

Rip currents appear to have caused three drownings within the past few days at beaches in the East, so lifeguards are asking people who are planning to swim this holiday weekend to be extra careful.

Officials with the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority say this Fourth of July weekend they are expecting around 175 thousand visitors.

Officials say they have increased the amount of lifeguards on duty, but it’s also important for swimmers to be alert, especially with the threat of rip currents.

Lifeguard Nathan Baylock gave swimmers some advice, he said, “Just that you respect the ocean. Its an ever-changing body of water that has enough power to overwhelm even the best of swimmers, so the best thing to do is just keep that in mind when you go swimming and stay within your own comfort levels, the best thing for you to do is keep your feet on the ground.

Life guards also say people should swim in groups and stay close to the shore.

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  • by Long time surfer on Jul 5, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    If these kook lifeguards would do their jobs and stop being posers, maybe loss of life from drowning would decrease. Stop flapping your jaws, and pay attention. I say this because I was surfing when these kids were never thought of. Also, having pulled several swimmwers out of the water really burns me up when the lifeguard stand is 25 yards away. POSERS!!!
  • by Mr.O Location: Washington on Jul 3, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    It might be because I'm getting older (!), but it seems like the ocean isn't the place to swim. Parents, consider letting the wee ones frolic in the surf - but save the swimming for the pool at the hotel. The ocean is powerful and unforgiving - as we've learned the past two weeks.
  • by jared Location: pa on Jul 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    be carful exspeicly in the ocean it is dangerous ever the best swimers get into trouble in rip courents so please be carful and pay attention to your surroundings
  • by Lifeguard Location: ENC on Jul 3, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    Rip tides can be deadly if you try to swim AGAINST the current. If caught in a rip, swim parallel to the beach, not towards the beach. Rips usually are not very wide. Once out of the rip, then you can head for shore.
  • by Beach local on Jul 2, 2011 at 11:54 PM
    Yah, be careful, but also PLEASE PICK UP YOUR TRASH WHEN YOU LEAVE!
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM
    Good tips Jerry! I was at Atlantic beach in Pine Knoll Shores on June 23rd; the rip tides were really bad! I'm not a small person, cause the tides almost brought me down, I wouldn't go over my knees! Stay safe!!
  • by Jaws Location: in the water on Jul 2, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    Love those yummy sunburnt tourists!
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      by MAP on Jul 2, 2011 at 07:27 PM in reply to Jaws
      This is probably one of the tackiest things I have ever heard. A friend of mine drown a couple of days ago, please respect the pain of others and keep your vile comments to yourself!
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 2, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    A few more tips, people are land-dwellers. you cannot breathe under water. You cannot overpower the ocean,even if your girlfriend or boyfriend is watching,and there are critters in there that will put you in a world of pain.

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