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A Busy Labor Day Weekend For Lifeguards In SAB

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Lifeguard Alex Angyalfy – Saving Lives In SAB

Busy Day At The Beach

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A busy Labor Day Weekend at the beach.

St Augustine Beach was busier than usual this Labor Day weekend. The red warning flags were posted along the beach warning beach visitors of dangerous rip currents. Although the surf looked calm, the possibility of dangerous rip currents were possible due to the storms last week.

According to lifeguard Alex Angyalfy, the changed contour of the ocean bottom will cause unexpected rips and a harder pull. “Anytime we get a storm we get more rip currents.” said Angyalfy. “With the bottom eroded away there will be flash rips that just pop up.” he continued.

With people unaware of the dangerous currents, there were three rescues on Sunday alone at the 16th Street tower. Other rescues were conducted at the “A” Street tower and at the Holiday Inn. “People are swimming where they shouldn’t be” said Angyalfy. “Someone reported a missing person who was last seen in the water. They were later found a quarter mile down the beach carried by the fast current” said Alex.

Labor Day Weekend brings an end to the staffed lifeguard towers on St Johns County beaches. St Johns County Fire and Rescue personnel are stationed at coastal facilities along the shoreline. Certified as ocean rescue responders the SJCFR will respond to beach emergencies 24 hours a day. Although the towers will be pulled, a call to 911 will activate an ocean responder.