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Lack's Beach Service prepared for increased risk of rip currents

A lifeguard watches swimmers in Myrtle Beach for Lack's Beach Service (Source: Amy Lipman) A lifeguard watches swimmers in Myrtle Beach for Lack's Beach Service (Source: Amy Lipman)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As Memorial Day vacationers and bikers travel into Myrtle Beach for the weekend, severe weather is also headed in the same direction, which could affect conditions at the beach.

Lack’s Beach Service is operating again, so lifeguards will be stationed throughout Myrtle Beach for the weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They’re trained to identify rip currents by spotting water that looks rougher or is a different color than the surrounding areas, said Martina Zirosova, of Lack’s Beach Service.

The lifeguards could put that training to use this weekend as the National Weather Service has already warned them of an increased risk of rip currents, Zirosova said.

Lifeguards will be ready to help people who get into trouble, but they’re also recommending swimmers don’t dive all the way in this Memorial Day weekend.

“We would definitely suggest for them to stay on shore,” Zirosova said. “If they have to go in, stay waist deep. If we have to, we’re going to go with blue flags, so we’re not going to let them go further than waist deep anyway.”

Lack’s Beach Service recommends people check with the lifeguard when they get to the beach to find out the current conditions. They’ll continue working in the rain and will ask everyone to get out of the water when they hear thunder.

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