Lifeguards Share Importance of Acknowledging Beach Flags

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Remnants of Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto remain. Those remnants are the dangerous conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.


When you think about a day at the beach, you probably think of a few things you will do when you arrive. Maybe enjoying the sun, sipping on a cool drink, playing some volleyball, and cooling off in the water, but there 's one more thing that should be added to the list, that could save your life. That is checking beach warning flags. 


"Double red means that the waters are closed because the conditions are hazardous and the county has made the decision that the water is closed," said Owens.


 Single red flags means the water has high surf and strong currents. Yellow flags mean conditions moderate and green means the water is calm. Despite the flags, many people choose to go into the water anyway. 


"A lot of people get out there swimming, and they get further and further, and they find that it's a lot more difficult to get back than to go out," said Owens. 


On Wednesday, double red flags were flying on Panama City Beach. A Georgia man decided to swim in the gulf despite the flags and drowned. Lifeguards say people should take these water conditions very seriously and they aren't the only ones. 


"Don't play with your life like that, it's better to be safe than sorry," said Ansley Soto-Lovelece. 


 With a single red flag flying, there's a few pre-cautions one beach go-er says she keeps in mind. 


"Well if you ever feel like you're getting pulled under than you should swim parallel to the shore until you feel like your out of the rip-tide," said Soto-Lovelece.

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