- Published on Friday, 28 September 2012 23:41
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The summer season is over for Carolina Beach Lifeguards.
Since the Labor Day holiday, the lifeguards have operated with minimal staff and will end their season September 30.
While the public continues to enjoy warm weather temperatures sometimes well into the fall of the year, lifeguards return to school making it difficult to staff a full program.
Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley said Tuesday while the tourists have gone home, the general public should continue to be mindful of rip currents and avoid swimming during rough surf conditions.
How to Identify Rip Currents: Look for any of these clues:
• a channel of churning, choppy water
• an area having a notable difference in water color
• a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward
• a break in the incoming wave pattern
None, one, or more of the above clues may indicate the presence of rip currents. Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average beachgoer. For your safety, be aware of this major surf zone hazard. Polarized sunglasses make it easier to see the rip current clues provided above.
How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents
• Never swim alone.
• Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out!
• Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach.
• Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
• If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
• Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
• If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
• If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
• If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1 .
Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.