Dangerous conditions at Carolina Beach

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - More than 100 people were rescued from the dangerous rip currents at Carolina Beach.

The beaches were crowded this Memorial Day weekend and lifeguards worked overtime in an effort to keep swimmers safe.

"Low tide is the most common time for rip currents, so we are keeping an eye out," said lifeguard Zach Hupp.  "We don't want to do rescues."

Many beach-goers ignored the dangerous condition warning flags and jumped into the ocean, causing lifeguards to make at least a dozen rescues.

"I the past three days we have used everything we have trained for, " said Ocean Rescue Director, Cpl. Simon Sanders.

Authorities believe the current may have claimed the life of 19-year-old Angel Gonzales of Fayetteville.

He went missing Saturday, and rescuers called off the search for the teen, warning families to play it safe and stay ashore.

Lifeguards are keeping a close eye on the water, hoping swimmers will know how to avoid the dangers lurking off shore.

Authorities said crowded beaches and dangerous conditions have claimed the lives of three people in the region over the holiday weekend.

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