Lifeguards at Wrightsville Beach rescue dozens of swimmers

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Laura Sinacori - email

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Even though Hurricane Bill did not physically touch down in Southeastern North Carolina, lifeguards still had to pay close attention to area waters.

Saturday lifeguards at Wrightsville Beach rescued more than 65 swimmers.  22 of those people were stuck in the same rip current.  Rescuers were able to get everyone out safely, but red flags still remain flying from lifeguard stands warning swimmers about the possibility of other rip currents.

"The waves were pretty big," said Lian Diffee a surfer. "Kind of like 11 feet maybe. Double head high. It was a workout to get out there. I got whooped."

Lifeguards expect the water conditions to begin improving Monday.

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