MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The heat index on Monday soared to triple digits across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, causing plenty of people to seek water to get cooled.
Many folks turned out to the beaches to find some relief. Lifeguards with Lack's Beach Service have had to respond to a handful of heat related illnesses this past weekend.
According to Lack's Beach Service Manager, Deven Covington, lifeguards also patrol the shore to keep an eye out for an beachgoers suffering from heat exhaustion or stroke.
Covington said the signs guards are watching for is pale or ashy skin or vomiting.
He said a quick and useful technique anyone can use is if someone is suffering from the heat is to place a cold water bottle underneath their armpit to cool them down more quickly.
Lifeguards at local wave parks are also keeping an eye on swimmers and guests wanting a break from the heat.
The 55 Guards at Myrtle Waves Water Park in Myrtle Beach are all Innovative Attraction Management certified through StarGuard and according to Rebecca Feagin they're trained to know what to do when it's this hot out. "We have several lead guards that will visit the guards and continually make sure they're hydrated and getting enough breaks." She went on to add, it's important for guards to remain as alert as possible, "because safety is our first priority."
On Sunday, Myrtle Waves saw 3,500 guests. The water park was expected to see that many or more on Monday.
A representative with Wild Water and Wheels in Surfside confirms they too see a large number of people on days when the heat index is so high.