The red flags have been waving all day at Pine Knoll Shores.
The parking lot was full at the beach access, so it tells you people are still coming to the beach, even going in the ocean.
Emergency personnel has made multiple safety efforts about what red flags indicate.
They’ve added more beach flags in the area, stepped up their beach patrol, and handed out flyers about the dangers of rip currents.
Both the police department and fire rescue have told WNCT’s Camila Barco the victims of water rescues are visitors.
On Monday, many people were seen in and out of the ocean.
9 On Your Side spoke to a 10-year-old who told the waves were rough.
Another beachgoer said that’s enough for her to only go in the ocean up to her ankles.
“I’m very careful because I’m afraid of the ocean,” said Lousia Napierkowski, a beachgoer. I really am. I’ll only go so far and that’s it.”
Pine Knoll Shores does not have lifeguards on duty.
Emergency personnel advise you to swim at your own discretion
If you see someone in distress, there are red signs posted on each beach access to tell you where you are located.
It will help in any water rescue in the future.