SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - The National Weather Service in Wilmington is hosting Rip Current Awareness Week at local area beaches this week.
The annual events give residents a chance to learn more about rip currents and other dangers they might encounter while at the beaches this summer.
Several other people were also rescued from rip currents that same weekend.
The first event will be held on Monday, June 6 at Johnnie Mercer's Pier in Wrightsville Beach from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A NWS meteorologist will be there along with local ocean rescue crews and North Carolina Sea Grant representatives to talk about rip current research, forecasting and beach safety.
A second event will take place on Monday afternoon at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to commemorate the North Carolina State Parks' 100th anniversary. In celebration, the NSW and NC Sea Grant will present a new bilingual sign addition to the park that shows beachgoers how to spot and escape a rip current.
North Myrtle Beach will host an event as well on Tuesday, June 7th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.