Lifeguard services scaled back after holiday weekend

North Myrlte Beach, SC - NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - After the Labor Day weekend wraps up, lifeguard service will officially end for the city of North Myrtle Beach until next spring. Thousands of people are expected to head to the beaches this weekend but lifeguards say they see a huge drop off in visitors following Labor Day.

"Typically it will die down really quickly now that the kids are back in school, most schools in the South have already started back" said Monty Reed, a lifeguard supervisor in North Myrtle Beach. Instead of lifeguards, beach patrol will work both as a police force and safety source.

"People need to prepare to be cautious and people should always do that of course," said Reed.

Most beach goers said they understood the decision to scale back operations as fewer people take to the water but Barbara Henderson hoped families with kids will still take extra precaution.

"I would still come here but this makes me want to be more cautious, and keep a better eye on my children" said Henderson.

In the city of Myrtle Beach, lifeguard service will continue until the end of September. However beach service companies can reduce the number of staff members to 20% after Labor Day until the end of the season.

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