CAROLINA BEACH -- Rip currents are to blame for a scary situation off Carolina Beach. Around three Sunday afternoon three children were rescued 500 yards off the beach at Freeman Park. They were swimming off the north point of Freeman Park. A rip current dragged them from the ocean side to the inlet side. Sgt. Chris Potter of Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue swam the 500 yards out to the children until a rescue boat could get to them. Potter says the inlet is not Carolina Beach Police jurisdiction, but Federal Point Fire Department. He wasn't required to swim out in the dangerous water, but did it anyway. Sgt. Potter said, "I felt comfortable in my training that I could swim out there and be with the kids until -- just to calm them down and let them know that help was on the way and they just weren't floating out there by themselves." Potter says he floated with the kids for about ten minutes until a rescue boat arrived. Hillary Pierce witnessed the rescue. She said, "As a former lifeguard I was really annoyed with the lack of urgency in the situation. Nobody seemed concerned, nobody seemed to take action quickly." Pierce says she saw only one person who she felt took charge. "He asked the lifeguard with the binoculars to direct him in the direction of the people because they were so far out you couldn't even see them," Pierce said. Beginning July 24 four patrol units will be added in Carolina Beach.
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