MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Now that the body of 11-year-old Omarion Williams is recovered, Lack's Beach Service points to lessons on safety that can be taken away from this event, in hopes of preventing more tragedy in the future.
One tip offered by Lack's is to avoid swimming after dark and after lifeguards go off duty. Signs posted at every beach entrance also warn about swimming when no lifeguards are on duty. However, Hannah Houston of the Lack's Beach Service warns that following this instruction may not be enough.
"The ocean is a dangerous place to be anyway, even when the lifeguards are present," said Houston.
She also warned swimmers to keep the ocean's unpredictability in mind.
"Even if you're the best swimmer, you never know what the ocean, what the current is going to be like," explained Houston.
Houston also encourages people to swim in groups, be mindful of currents, and become educated on rip currents and the best ways to escape them. Even when taking these precautions, she claims that you can never be too careful
"He was with a group, so obviously that signs to the fact that people aren't going to be able to help you," Houston said. "Even if you're swimming in a group, you still might not be able to be assisted."
Houston hopes that as people morn the loss of Omarion, they also take what happened as a learning experience to prevent more loss as people continue swimming in myrtle beach.
"It's one of those things you've gotta learn from it," explained Houston. "You've got to learn that you don't need to be in the water after hours."
Lack's Beach Service says that if someone does make the decision to swim after hours, it is important to swim while it is still light out and while others are swimming nearby, keeping in mind that these precautions do not guarantee safety.