Officials warn of rip current dangers

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

At beaches where there are lifeguards, it is recommended that beachgoers check in with the lifeguard on duty and ask about rip currents that may be present.

In locations where there are not lifeguards, beach communities are taking steps to keep the public informed.

At some public beach accesses there may be colored flags indicating ocean conditions, including rip current risk.

North Topsail beach doesn’t have lifeguards but uses multiple ways to spread the word about the risk of rip currents.

Town Clerk Carin Faulkner said they have a rip current page on the town website, signs posted at public beach accesses and give brochures to rental agencies to distribute to visitors.

Faulkner said she has posted information on the town’s Facebook page for Rip Current Awareness Week but will continue to include rip current information links to the various resources on the page throughout the season.

She said that while local residents may be familiar with swimming in the ocean, those visiting may not.



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