Nearly a dozen water rescues conducted at Surf City beaches in 24 hours

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SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Crews from the Surf City Police Department, Surf City Fire Department and Pender EMS and Fire Ocean Rescue Service have answered 11 emergency calls between Wednesday and Thursday regarding the rescue of distressed swimmers.

The town says many of these calls have involved multiple victims simultaneously, generally where a family member or fellow beachgoer attempts to help a struggling swimmer, only to become a victim themselves.

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Emergency responders are urging everyone who is visiting the beach, or is planning to visit the beach, to learn more about rip currents, how to identify them, and what can be done if you find yourself “in the grip of the rip.”

Information on rip currents and how to avoid them can be found here.