I was in the water looking for one of the victims. I then joined other beach goers to bring in a deceased man while the paramedics/firefighters/police watched from the shore. Oh and my children were there also watching. I would never question the jobs of our first responders but obviously at ocean isle they don't enter the water from the beach.
The locals don't need to pay for the lifeguards or whatever solution is come up with. If I as a tourist am willing to pay $10,000 for a house for a week I would easily pay a tax or some sort of charge for lifeguard services for me an my family. I realize that I am responsible for myself and my family but accidents happen and it would be great piece of mind to know I had backup on the beach.
If the lifeguard debate is debated to death then a simple flag system would help. Letting the people who fund your lovely town know when water situations are dangerous doesn't seem unreasonable.
We are questioning whether to return to ocean isle ever again.
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