Four People Rescued From Strong Currents

Strong currents on the Outer Banks from Hurricane Bill are already causing problems.

Four people were pulled from the ocean Friday afternoon in Buxton by rescue crews.

The Coast Guard at Cape Hatteras tells WITN News that strong currents brought on the rescue.

The Coast Guard warns all swimmers to be aware of the hurricane. They are telling swimmers to stay clear of the beaches until local officials say the water is safe. They say even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by Bill.


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  • by Lisa Location: Newark, DE on Aug 22, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    We left Rodanthe yesterday afternoon due to the possible Hwy 12 overwash. We were out at earlier at our campground and waves were already coming close to the walkover steps. Sure enough, surfers were flocking to the beach and getting pounded. Even Thursday on Ocracoke the waves were coming in fast and rough, but people were way out in the water in non-lifeguarded areas getting knocked around. I don't understand the draw to go out in dangerous conditions. I agree with a making them pay a fine and paying for the LG services. Walking the beach and staying out of the water is one thing, riding the waves in dangerous conditions is another.
  • by Ignorant Fools! Location: Greenville on Aug 22, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    It's ignorant people like this that should be made to pay for their rescue. They charge people to use the ambulance, they should charge people to pay the Coast Guard for ignorant stuff like this. Fools!
  • by 5696 on Aug 21, 2009 at 09:27 PM
    Kudo's again CG.
  • by ssg Location: washington on Aug 21, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    JIM, KINSTON AND ANONYMOUS-YOUR COMMENTS WERE WELL SAID. THANKS TO THE COAST GUARD AND RESCUE PEOPLE FOR THE JOB THEY DURING TIMES LIKE THESE. THEY ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES TRYING TO SAVE THESE PEOPLE WHO WON'T LISTEN TO THE WARNINGS. HOPE EVERYONE STAYS SAFE AND GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU.
  • by Jim Location: enc on Aug 21, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    These people should be made to pay every penny for their rescue. "Stupid is, as Stupid does!" Plus they should have to pay a fine on top of that. Maybe these idiots will get the message, they don't seem to understand warnings or common sense.
  • by kinston on Aug 21, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    I had to tell a guy today in Rodanthe to get himself and his kids out of the water.I have been surfing for 30 years and I would not let my kids in the water. Go swim in the sound,it's warmer than the ocean this week and much safer.Waves were/are pumping!Get on it if you know how!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    I don't even know what to say about this. People are just STUPID to go in the water with all of the warnings out there. I'd say, if you're stupid enough to go out in it, then you get what you deserve.
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