MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Lifeguards monitor the waters along with the National Weather Service to determine when to change flags on the lifeguard stands. On Wednesday afternoon, red flags remained in North Myrtle Beach, while they have been lifted in Myrtle Beach.
The most dangerous time for swimming is around low tide, including two hours before and after.
As the weather clears and the water seems to calm, there is still a moderate risk of rip currents along the Grand Strand.
In addition, lifeguards are dealing with long shore currents, which can pull you along the shore, discombobulating swimmers when they reach shore.
"It is not just a water hazard but an issue for lost children. When a child, a teen or even an adult goes in the water and comes out not knowing where they are," explained Wesley Cox with Lack's Beach Service.
Lack's Beach Service deals with dozens of calls for missing children every day during the summer season.
"Find the closest lifeguard and let them know you're lost," Cox suggested.
He explained each lifeguard tower has a radio allowing lifeguards to communicate with each other when a person is missing. By keeping an ear out and giving descriptions of missing children, lifeguards can quickly reunite the families.