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High tides and crowded beaches leave locals fighting for space

Carolina Beach crowded with beachgoers. (Source: WECT) Carolina Beach crowded with beachgoers. (Source: WECT)
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -

Thousands of beach goers flooded our area to take one last dip in the ocean. From the north to the south end of Carolina Beach umbrellas and towels were edge to edge.

Locals said August has been slower because of the rainy summer, but that was not the case this weekend.

The combination of high tide and extra bodies on the beach had some locals fighting for space.

"When high tide comes in we were all smooched up at the front of the beach," said Leann Heath, a local beachgoer. "So we were on top of each other until the tide goes back out. It was quite cramped quarters."

High tide was not only a concern for beachgoers, but for lifeguards as well.

Michael Mulleavey, head lifeguard at Carolina Beach said the wind and wave conditions supported strong rip currents; therefore, most of the weekend they flew their yellow warning flags. 

"In order to prevent people from getting stuck in a rip current we are off our stands and talking to people in problem areas," Mulleavey explained. "We are educating them how to swim out of a rip current if they are caught."

After Labor Day lifeguards staff will be limited during the week and they advised all beachgoers to be careful when in the water.   

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