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Beach leaders discuss safety after four drownings in county

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During the August Brunswick Beach Consortium Thursday, leaders from the county and beach towns talked about beach safety, what they are doing now and what they hope to do in the future. During the August Brunswick Beach Consortium Thursday, leaders from the county and beach towns talked about beach safety, what they are doing now and what they hope to do in the future.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - During the August Brunswick Beach Consortium Thursday, leaders from the county and beach towns talked about beach safety, what they are doing now and what they hope to do in the future.

This summer, there were four drownings in less than a week, causing leaders to want to discuss the issue.

Leaders said that when it comes to beach safety, and the possibility of adding lifeguards or rip tide warning signs, it will be a town decision rather than a countywide decision.

When it comes to lifeguards, the different beach towns had different ideas.

The mayor of Caswell Beach says that because a smaller amount of people go to his beach, it doesn't make sense to have lifeguards.

"The thing that gets me is, do you get what you are paying for when you have such low density beaches," said Mayor Harry Simmons. "There are times when you can walk out on the beach and not see anyone, we don't have high rises we don't have hotels."

He says he will be focusing on education.

The mayor of Sunset Beach says he believes more needs to be done.

"I strongly believe in warning signs, I strongly believe in lifeguard safety zones," said Rich Cerrato, the Mayor of Sunset Beach. He says he hopes his town will opt to follow Oak Island's model, putting lifeguards only in areas where there are a lot of people.

"Our beaches are congested we need to have people who are CPR certified on the beaches," said Cerrato.

The beach leaders also talked about other safety measures they are currently doing on their beaches.  

Most leaders said they are putting magnets warning about riptides in rental homes. The mayor of Ocean Isle said she hopes to put safety kits on the beach, which would include floatation devices.

The leaders said they hope this is the beginning of an ongoing investigation.

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