BRUNSWICK COUNTY (WWAY) — After a chain of unfortunate events, some tourists and locals in Brunswick county are concerned about beach safety.
From a deck collapsing, to several drownings, and even a shark attack, Brunswick County beaches have seen their fair share of frightening incidents.
But some tourists say they aren’t fazed by the recent events.
“I’m a little nervous about it, but not too much because we wait all year for this,” little tourist, Jane Fusco said.
She says after hearing about the shark bite and drownings, she will be taking extra precautions to keep safe in the water.
“We’re going to use a life vest maybe for me because it’s deep and stuff, but we’re just going to be careful,” Fusco added.
Karen Mitchell, a local, says she’s on high alert after the recent drownings in our area, especially when it comes to the safety of her son.
“Of course I don’t let him go past his knees, especially today; with as rough as the surf is, he’s not going past his knees,” Mitchell said. “He’s keeping his boogie board with him, and of course, mom’s right here watching.”
And without any lifeguards on the beaches, drownings are a constant worry for visitors… but they never thought they would have to worry about what’s underneath the water as well.
“It kind of scares you, you know,” tourist Scott Stafford said. “Because you can be in 3 foot of water and a 6 foot tiger shark be sitting there ready to attack you”
He says this may cause some tourists to stray.
“I think some people would kind of stray away from coming here just because they’re going to say, ‘oh there was a shark attack last week, so we shouldn’t go there, we should pick a different beach,’ but a lot of people realize that doesn’t happen every day,” Stafford said.
But almost everyone on the beach agreed on one thing. They say these recent disasters will not keep them from enjoying their fun in the sun.
“We’re not going to change our plans,” tourist Tim Justice said. “You’ve just got to keep coming to where you love, and do what you enjoy to do.”
Some locals say that what beach safety really comes down to is using common sense.
They say if you don’t think you can handle the surf, steer clear of the water.