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Hundreds of ocean rescues on rip filled beaches


Reported by Colin Hackman – bio|email

KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - For Wrightsville Beach it was 100, for Carolina Beach more than 80.  Lifeguards stayed busy with more than 25 ocean rescues at Kure Beach, the most since Memorial Day last year. 

"It was crazy," Kure Beach Lifeguard Brian McSteen tells, "we were non stop all day.  I had four rescues tonight on my chair alone." 

Dangerous rip currents fueled by Tropical Storm Colin continue to bash the coast.  Heavy surf and dangerous side shore currents have kept rescuers off the stands and in the water throughout the day.  With Tropical Storm Colin at a near standstill near the island of Bermuda it looks as though Sunday may see even worse currents still.

A high rip current risk advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for Sunday for our entire area.  With temperatures near 90, and it being a Sunday beaches are expected to be crowded, which has McSteen eager to get out information.  "These rescues today weren't the wade out and throw a kid a line rescues," said McSteen.  "These were over taken adults who couldn't handle the waves.  Only extremely experienced surfers or swimmers should get in the water."

Tropical Storm Colin is expected to head north Sunday, relieving rip current risks by early next week.

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