SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - It doesn't matter if you are on the sand or out on the water in a boat, ocean rescue squads and other first responders want you to stay safe this Memorial Day.
Guards plan to patrol many area beaches, including Wrightsville and Carolina Beach, from Memorial Day to Labor Day looking at ocean currents and looking out for any possible threats.
The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) estimates that the annual number of deaths due to rip currents on our nation's beaches exceeds 100 deaths. Lifeguards protecting the ocean beaches of the U.S. rescue 60,000 swimmers annually, and rip currents account for over 80 percent of these rescues.
The Coast Guard also plans to be out over the weekend checking boats and looking out for visitors.
For a full list of tips and safety check lists click here.
Carolina in the Morning's Zach Driver will be live on the land and on the water at Wrightsville Beach with more on everything you need to know for Memorial Day Weekend.