Lifeguards at Fort Fisher enforce strict swimming rules after boy drowns

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FORT FISHER, NC (WECT) - Lifeguards flew a red flag Sunday and warned swimmers to only go into the water knee deep.  The stricter rules come a day after 10-year-old Master Emanuel Carter from Sanford, North Carolina drowned at the beach after officials say he was swept under by a rip current.

Jeff Owen, the Superintendent of Fort Fisher told WECT the water conditions Sunday were worse than they were Saturday. So, he said it's pertinent to get the information out to the public.

"It's challenging because they want to swim and go out further," said Owen. "We just hope that they understand that these guys are trained to tell the conditions of the surf. And it's really rough today. They keep going out further we'll keep calling them back in."

Lisa Reed who was watching several of her children and young relatives play at the beach Sunday said she is glad lifeguards are taking a cautious approach.

"It makes me feel a little bit safer," said Reed. "There's so many people out here. I don't know if there's enough lifeguards out here to actually watch all these people."

Officials said they will keep restricting swimmers to knee deep water until water conditions improve.

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