Rip currents keep lifeguards busy on Memorial Day

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Visitors pack the sand on Carolina Beach on May 27, 2019. (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — High temperatures packed beaches this Memorial Day, and rip currents kept lifeguards busy.

According to reports from the National Weather Service, by late afternoon 10 rip current rescues had been reported at Wrightsville Beach with 10 more at Carolina Beach.

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The area’s east-facing beaches were under a moderate rip current risk to start the day with a high risk farther up the coast.

There have already been several drownings along the North Carolina coast already this year, including seven along the state’s Crystal Coast. In April, a man’s body washed ashore at Carolina Beach.




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