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Red Flag No Swimming

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Red Flag No Swimming

Why do they close the beaches even when it is calm? There should be some oversight. It seems very capricious.

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1. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

Rip currents. They look deceptively calm but are the leading cause of drowning. You can always ask the lifeguards why the red flags are flying.

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https:/…

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Rip current risk high again today after multiple rescues Friday

Lifeguards up and down the Outer Banks were busy again Friday, rescuing swimmers who were caught in rip currents enhanced by a King Tide and swells generated by the remnants of Hurricane Beryl.

At least one person pulled from the surf Friday afternoon was flown by helicopter to a Norfolk hospital from the Duck Fire Department’s landing pad. Their condition was not immediately available...

<<<

You can check the beach and rip current forecast here: https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx

Edited: 14 July 2018, 22:44
MD
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3. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

I'm not there now, but have had the same issue the past few years. I think the lifeguard leadership has gotten way too conservative. They throw the red flags up faster than ever now. In the past 2 years, we've only had 4 days out of 14 where we could go in the water, red flags were up for the majority of the time. Half of the days I agreed with, the other half seemed ridiculously calm for red flags.

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4. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

Again educate yourself about Rip Currents! They look calm!! That’s when you don’t want to go in. They will suck you out to sea. There have already been 8 drownings I think this year and probably hundreds if not thousands of rescues (60-70 alone last weekend near Wilmington where the surf is not as wild). https:/…ripcurrent.html

You can always go swim at a beach w/o lifeguards if you want to take your chances.

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5. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

I'm plenty educated and personally experienced with rips. And I've been vacationing in Corolla for coming up on 30 years now, so I know the beach there. And I know the decisions to close beaches has changed dramatically over the past few years. I like yellow flags that provide warning but let us exercise discretionary judgement on how we enter the water.

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6. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

Did you click through that article in the Outer Banks that I linked?

There have been multiple rescues and that's why the red flags are flying. I swim at beaches w/ no lifeguards all the time because I don't like crowded beaches, but the question was why are they flying the red flags on a day that looks calm. The answer is rip currents. It's not any more complicated than that. Swim or don't swim, but the person who asked the question may not have known that rip currents look like calm water.

Here's the second half of that OBV article:

>>> Calls about multiple persons being pulled out by rip currents were dispatched Friday afternoon by Dare Central Communications in Duck, Southern Shores and South Nags Head.

Numerous rescues of swimmers were reported Thursday off Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo. <<<

https:/…

A man died in a rip at KDH last week after he went in even though there were red flags:

https:/…article214521154.html

If you don't want to listen to the lifeguards you can just go to a non-lifeguard beach. Not being snarky. I prefer them, but I'm a cautious swimmer and if I'm worried I've got a boogie board or I just get out.

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7. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

Thank you for posting this.

How do people that are on a non-lifeguard beach know if there’s red flag warnings out there? We will be staying on Carova Beach soon. Are there flags out there?

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8. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

You can go to the Rip Current forecast link I posted in the second post: https://www.weather.gov/beach/

This one is for Carova: https://www.weather.gov/beach/akq

And this one is for the rest of the OBX: https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx

Since you're going to Carova you might want to follow the Carova fire and rescue page: https:/…

Not relevant to the NC coast, but I just saw that a teen in Florida survived after being caught up in a rip and swept out to sea for 10 hours!! https://weather.com/news/trending/video/teen…

Edited: 15 July 2018, 15:44
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9. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

Ooops, a Georgia beach, not Florida: https:/…

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10. Re: Red Flag No Swimming

The lifeguards are trying to protect the public, not ruin your beach day.

Outer Banks Voice had article 7/14/18 about increased risk of rip tides expected Sunday also.

https:/…

"Calls about multiple persons being pulled out by rip currents were dispatched Friday afternoon by Dare Central Communications in Duck, Southern Shores and South Nags Head.

Numerous rescues of swimmers were reported Thursday off Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo."

from Comments section on the article:

"I’ve been a firefighter and medic for 25 year’s and love going home to my family, I have no reservations trying to help people in need, however I hate putting my life... in jeopardy because people choose to be reckless."

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