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.