WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Although the weather was nice enough to lay out on Wrightsville Beach Thursday, the ocean proved to be rougher than normal.
According to Captain Jeremy Owens, with Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue, 29 water rescues were made due to rip currents on Thursday.
At 3:45 p.m., Carolina Beach had already made 15 water rescues due to rip currents.
In Myrtle Beach, strong rip currents led to more than 50 water rescues across the Grand Strand.
Be sure to locate your nearest lifeguard stand before entering the water to look for a red flag indicating the presence of rip currents.
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.