More than 20 people rescued off NC coast during busy Memorial Day weekend

28 May 2022

— The National Weather Service confirms that at least 16 people were rescued along Carolina Beach, three people were rescued at Wrightsville Beach and four people were rescued from Myrtle Beach.

For most of North Carolina, there was a “moderate” risk of rip currents.

According to Oak Island Water Rescue, knee deep is too deep when the yellow flag is up. People should stay less than knee deep in the ocean water to reduce their chance of getting caught in a rip current.

If you do get caught in a rip current, experts warn not to panic. If you feel yourself being swept out to sea, swim parallel to the shore. Don’t expend all your energy at once, and lightly tread water until you reach the shore.

How to escape a rip current

“Swim parallel to shore,” said Lt. John Scull, with the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department Ocean Rescue Team. “If we tried to turn around and swim against it, in a weak rip current, we might make it, but you’re still going to get tired, and it’s not something we want to do.”

The same rip current threat that swept up at least 23 people continues into Sunday, according to WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell.

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