Beach goers use caution as rip currents threaten

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Dangerous rip currents are threatening beach goers all along Grand Strand beaches, and people are taking extra precautions to prevent any mishaps.

Life guards are out in full force this weekend and are making sure that people don't go into the ocean beyond waist deep. This weekend's nice weather may encourage more beach visits, but life guards are warning that Hurricane Danielle is bringing dangerous waves that could cause injury or death.

That threat is what's keeping Rebecca Penix and her husband on the sand.

"It felt like it's pulling on you. It felt like it's pulling you out there. No I'm not going out there," Penix said.

She's had enough experience with the strong surf just from putting her feet in the water and she says that's all she needs to know she shouldn't be in the ocean.

But Penix isn't the only one being careful out on the beach this weekend. Justin Belshan says he's following the rules spelled out by life guards.

"It's at their own risk. If they want get hurt let them get hurt. I'm gonna make sure I stay safe," he said.

Life guards say they've been extremely busy, both trying to keep people from going too deep and letting them know how to spot a rip current.

"The water is like darker in the spot and then the waves are like you can see that the water is like pushing out and it looks like a river almost," said life guard Anna Torhan.

If caught in a rip current, life guards say the best thing to do is swim parallel to the shore until released from the current. At that point, they say, it's OK to come back toward the beach.

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