NC Beach's Colored Wristbands Help Find Lost Kids

Lifeguards at Carolina Beach have a new system of waterproof colored wristbands to help lost children find their parents.

The Star-News of Wilmington reports that each lifeguard stand on the beach is painted a different color, and parents and children can match their wristbands with the color of the nearest stand.

Town Ocean Rescue Director Simon Sanders says he hopes the system cuts down on the amount of time lifeguards spend looking for the parents of lost children.

Sanders says Ocean Beach lifeguards dealt with 36 lost children last year, which took a lot of time away from watching swimmers.

A similar colored wristband system has been used in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., for two years, and officials there say it has worked well.


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  • by MIKE Location: MAYBERRY on Jun 7, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    excellent idea!
  • by Sabrina on Jun 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    I love this idea. Wish ALL beaches did this.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Jun 7, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    I like the idea of the different colored Lifeguard stands. It should help with keeping groups together, as well as, finding "lost" parents. Also, as kids get older, it is harder to keep up with them and this makes it easier to have a meeting place for the "if we get separated" senario. Even "eagle-eyed", over-protective parents can get separated from their children through no fault of their own. Whether the bands are used or not the color coding of the stands should prove beneficial to remembering where family members or blankets are left on the beach especially when it gets crowded.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Maybe someone needs to keep an eye on there kids
  • by No way. on Jun 7, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    To me this is a great idea, however its sad. When I take my children to the beach I watch them 100% of the time. I would not ever let them alone in the water or to do as they please up and down the beach. Good way to lose your kids people and or have them taken. I can't see ever letting this happen. I might be over protective but just letting your kids do whatever is nuts.
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