Posted by Laura Sinacori - email
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Dangerous rip currents caused several people to nearly drown in Carolina Beach over the weekend.
According to lifeguards, three people were rescued from the ocean Saturday evening around 7:00 after rip currents pulled them away from the shore. The incident happened 15 minutes after lifeguards left the beach for the day.
Only one of the three people suffered injuries.
Sunday morning another large set of waves started pulling another man away from the shore shortly before lifeguards rescued him. He walked away without any injuries.
"A lot of people don't get educated until there here," said Cpl. Simon Sanders of Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue. "Sometimes it's just too late when they do realize what a rip current is and how they can avoid them."
Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue workers said all 35 lifeguards will be working during the 4th of July weekend. There will be additional lifeguards added to their staff this week.