Fire Chief Explains Lifeguard Tower Placements In Carolina Beach

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 18 June 2019 23:52

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Fire Chief Alan Griffin responded to a question on Tuesday June 18th regarding placement of lifeguard towers along the beach. Local resident Amy Allen posed the question on Facebook regarding the lack of a tower at the beach access used by residents of the Carolina Sands subdivision on South Lake Park Blvd.

Allen explained in a post on the Facebook page "Carolina Beach Town Forum" stating that, "Although we used to have a lifeguard/lifeguard stand near our beach access, we no longer do. Many of us on the neighborhood are concerned about this since we here so many kids in our neighborhood they swim at our beach access, and the closest lifeguards to our access are now too far down the beach to make a difference in time of need. I’m wondering, on behalf of our neighborhood, if someone can explain why this is and please let us know if there’s a possibility of getting that lifeguard stand back? Thanks so much for your response to this matter."

Chief Griffin responded, "We do get these type questions all the time up and down the beach strand, the short answer is that we cannot put stands at every cross over and if we could, we don’t have the staff to put in them. Every year we look at our response data and evaluate what areas we see needs for multiple rescues, crowds, and known rip currents. This does not mean that rescue can’t happen in those areas but we have target hazard areas we focus on. We also utilize 4 wheeler to create roving guards, these patrol guards go between these areas to be proactive in early signs of swimmers in distress. We constantly monitor this and move stands around as needed. Please remember that we recommend to always swim near a guard even if it means walking a block or two down the beach."

The Lifeguard season begins Memorial weekend and runs through Labor Day weekend.  The Town of Carolina Beach places 20 lifeguard stands covering approximately 3 miles of beach strand.  Lifeguards are on duty Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm and from 10:00 am to 6:45 pm on Friday through Sunday.  Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue is a USLA Advanced Certified Beach.

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