Red flag conditions lead to increased rescues


Last weekend’s beach conditions proved to be dangerous when the Navarre Beach Volunteer Fire Department had to rescue two lifeguards caught in a rip current while rescuing a swimmer.

Chief Mike Howard said the lifeguards gave the “help” sign, alerting firefighters that they “were tired,” and the firefighters launched their jet skis to assist them.

The rescue emphasizes how powerful the rip currents can be, and even through red flags were visible throughout the beach, lifeguards made 28 rescues, according to Terry Wallace, utilities supervisor. He said 16 additional rescues took place Monday.

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