WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Did you notice the lifeguard stands on Wrightsville Beach are no longer empty? That is because the lifeguards are back in action. One Ocean Rescue Captain said they have already been making some saves.
“For what they do day in and day out, they probably don’t get enough credit,” beach goer Rachael Benedict said.
Memorial Day weekend is here and now, you might notice some people looking out for you along the shore at Wrightsville Beach.
“We have so many more people to watch and, you know, it is the ocean, it’s not a swimming pool out here. We do have rip currents out here and a lot of these people are, you know, not from the beach, they’re down here on vacation and they want to have a good time so we want to make sure they stay safe,” Ocean Rescue Captain Jeremy Owens said.
Owens said the lifeguards fill all 13 stands Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.
“We have full-time Ocean Rescue personnel that constantly patrols. We are also firefighters as well, so we have firefighter duties during the off-season and during the summer time,” Owens said.
Owens said it is important for lifeguards to be out on the beach, especially when it is full of visitors. Knowing the flags on the stands is an extra resource to know what condition the water is in.
“Know your limitations, recognize that there are rip currents out here and with the beach the best thing to do would be stop by the lifeguard stand and talk to the lifeguard,” Owens said.
Benedict said she is a fan of having the feeling someone is watching over you.
“Public safety is important, you know, everybody’s out at the beach to have a good time and you just want to make sure if there was ever an emergency that occurred that there is somebody out here looking out for you,” Benedict said.
Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. until Labor Day. Green flags on the stand mean good conditions, yellow flags mean caution and red flags mean dangerous.