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Large crowds make for busy Independence Day

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Packed is exactly what lifeguards anticipated for Sunday since it's was the last day of the holiday weekend. (Source: Kristin Sanchez) Packed is exactly what lifeguards anticipated for Sunday since it's was the last day of the holiday weekend. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It goes without saying that Independence Day weekend continuously results in crowds of people hitting the shore.

The crowds didn't seem to waste a minute hitting the beach once Hurricane Author was in the clear. In fact, lifeguards said they couldn't believe the turnout.

"Packed, packed packed, packed," said Rachel Reber, vacationing from Ohio.

Packed is exactly what lifeguards anticipated for Sunday since it's was the last day of the holiday weekend.

"It was so crowded it was hard to even see sand. There were people upon people, umbrellas upon umbrellas; it was hard to even move around the beach," explains Ian Anderson, Myrtle Beach Lifeguard.

If you remember, there is something new this year lifeguards had to deal with, the beach tent ban.

"There was a lot of disputes with the tents because a lot of people are out of town and didn't know the laws," Anderson said.

Beach patrol and lifeguards also stayed on top of alcohol regulations. There were a lot of people drinking on the beach, which is illegal, but they managed to keep control so some didn't even notice it was an issue.

Reber Family says, "we didn't see a lot of alcohol while we were down here, just a little bit, but not like I expected it."

However, lifeguards say alcohol undoubtedly played a roll in the rowdy crowds This issue among others factored into how many rescues lifeguards had to make in the water.

"There was a lot of non experienced swimmers. It's very hectic with all the people and people not paying attention," Anderson said. "When alcohol is in the mix, a lot of dangers come into play."

Also the after math of Hurricane Arthur left rough waves deterring some from playing in the water.

"It was high currents and we didn't want to be playing in the not knowing what was going on," said the Reber Family.

Lifeguards warn people to only go into the ocean waist deep because rip currents are still at a moderate level Sunday.

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