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Rip Currents Cause Water Rescues in St. Johns County

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Updated: 5/25/2013 11:35 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The summer season got off to a busy start for St. Johns County lifeguards.

According to the St. Johns County Fire Rescue, about six people had to be rescued from rip currents on Saturday.

"Conditions are not great for beach activity unfortunately," said Lieutenant Jeremy Robshaw, St. Johns County Fire Rescue.

Red flags will be flying throughout the weekend to warn beach goers of the threat of rip currents.

For beach goer Suzanne Dexterhouse, the flags were a reminder to keep her kids near by.

"It's pulling you all down the beach, you can easily get out far in like 30 seconds," said Suzanne Dexterhouse, beach goer.

The St. Johns County lifeguard towers will be fully staffed this holiday weekend. That’s 16 to 21 towers with one life guard each.

According to Robshaw if you're ever caught in a rip current, the best thing you can do is swim parallel to the shore and try to keep calm until help arrives.
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