Several people rescued from rip currents on area beaches

Several people rescued from rip currents on area beaches
Breezy onshore winds brought by tropical depression Bonnie enhanced the risk of dangerous rip currents. (Source: WECT)
Breezy onshore winds brought by tropical depression Bonnie enhanced the risk of dangerous rip currents. (Source: WECT)
Ocean rescue teams at area beaches reported multiple rescues from people caught in rip currents. (Source: WECT)
Ocean rescue teams at area beaches reported multiple rescues from people caught in rip currents. (Source: WECT)

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Several people have been rescued from dangerous rip currents on area beaches over the Memorial Day weekend.

Red flags were flying at Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Fort Fisher alerting beachgoers not to swim because of dangerous rip currents.

Tropical depression Bonnie brought breezy onshore winds and an enhanced risk of rip currents all the way through Memorial Day.

The National Weather Service issued a high rip current risk alert for all southeastern North Carolina beaches and northeastern South Carolina beaches.

Officials at Wrightsville Beach Fire Department said there have been approximately ten water rescues this weekend so far. Wrightsville Beach ocean rescue reported six people were rescued from rip currents on Sunday alone.

Carolina Beach ocean rescue reported five people being rescued while North Myrtle Beach ocean rescue reported two people rescued on Sunday as well.

A man was taken to the hospital Sunday morning after getting caught in a rip current at Fort Fisher.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from from shore.

If you are caught in a rip current the National Weather Service says you should yell for help, remain calm and stay afloat without exhausting yourself. If you have to swim out of the current, swim parallel to shore and back towards the beach when possible.

Do not try to swim directly against a rip current.

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