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.