Area has fourth drowning victim of the summer
A fourth drowning this season at area beaches has raised further concerns. Three of the four drowning victims were from out of town, so lifeguards are trying to educate tourists not used to the dangers of the ocean.
Rip currents have claimed yet another life. This time, it was the life of a ten-year-old boy from Sanford, North Carolina.
Now, beach goers are being extra cautious.
“I’ve heard they can tow you under, and you can drown, so that scares me,” said George Daneberg, Jr. of Youngsville.
“When it’s really rough out here, you should take extra precautions to keep an eye on your child, and keep your child away from the ocean,” added Dee Pearce.
The boy who drowned was with his older brother. They were swimming at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area when he got into trouble.
He is one of four people that have drowned from a rip current. Three of which were from out of town. It begs the question, when visitors come to our area on vacation, are they educated on what to look for when it comes to the dangers of the ocean?
“I’m originally from Long Island, there are plenty of rip currents there, and also in Lake George, NY where there were plenty of rip currents where people could get hurt or get killed, and I’m going to be very careful with my daughter here today,” said tourist John Schiavio.
Brandon Allenczy of Wilmington said, “If you feel yourself being pulled out really bad, don’t swim toward the shore, you have to swim parallel, cause they’re only about 20 to 30 feet wide.”
Detective Swan of the NHC Dive Team said, “Talk to the lifeguards, find out what the conditions are, before you go out in the water. That’s what the best practice is.”
Lifeguards are being proactive in trying to educate the public. They are approaching people as they arrive at the beach, and explaining what rip currents are, and how to get out of them.
Multiple agencies responded to the drowning on Saturday. The New Hanover County Dive Team recovered the young boy’s body after he lost his life.
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