New safety warning at the beach: Double red flags

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If you plan to head to the beach this summer, emergency personnel want to remind you to stay alert of ocean conditions. 

Safety efforts are being made to try and make sure someone doesn’t become a victim of a water rescue. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department is adding on double red flags to their warning flag system. When they are in place, it indicates the ocean is closed for swimming. If you are found in the water when the double red flags are waving, it can cost you a $100 fine or be arrested. 

Emerald Isle PD said the implementation is consistent with the United States Lifesaving Association standards. 

The color of the flags waving at beaches will be determined by the forecast or emergency personnel. 

“Folks go out every morning and evaluate conditions along our shoreline and make determinations on what the dangers are and what the flag conditions need to be for our beaches,” said Tony Reese, Chief of Police at EI Police Department. 

Reese added the double red flags is to eliminate confusion on the single red flags. Those recommend beachgoers to not enter the ocean.

The police department is working with rental companies to alert people out of the town of how the dangerous the water can be.  

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