End of season means less lifeguards to watch over swimmers in Carolina Beach
He said numbers have dropped, but there will be 12 to 15 lifeguards working this week, and 25 to 30 working during the holiday weekend. (Source: WECT)
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -
As stormy weather is on the way in, lifeguards are on the way out in Carolina Beach.
Simon Sanders, the Supervisor at Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue, said his staff is diminishing because the end of the summer season is drawing near.
Sanders said that a lot of lifeguards are college students and have already left to go back to school.
He said numbers have dropped, but there will be 12 to 15 lifeguards working this week, and 25 to 30 working during the holiday weekend.
He anticipates rougher rip currents this week with an approaching hurricane and urges all swimmers to use caution when entering the water.
"We generally staff the boardwalk area as well as the southern part of the beach strand, so there's not a lifeguard at the southernmost part of the beach strand. If there's not a lifeguard there come find one of us. Swim near a lifeguard," urged Sanders.
Sanders said the guards will put red warning flags out whenever no swimmers are allowed in the water.
Sanders said that the rescue squad will be nearly fully staffed for the Labor Day holiday weekend.