The Pine Knoll Shores Police Department is stepping up their beach patrol efforts.
In the wake of many water rescues this season, the police department will be patrolling the beaches two to three times a day. They initially would do so once a day.
“We do one in the morning and by the afternoon and evening there’s going to be a different group of people out and those people haven’t seen us,” said Sgt. Jordan Seitter with the PKS PD.
The preventative measure helps bring awareness to the dangers of rip currents and educates visitors on how to identify them.
The back of their beach patrol car will include a flag. The color flag will indicate what the wave conditions are that day.
The police department has added beach flags across town including public beach entrances, selective private accesses, and the public safety building.
As of Thursday morning, the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium and the police department partnered to place a flag at their site. The location is crucial as it brings in more than half a million visitors each year.
Officials said red signs have also been placed in various parts of town. The sign indicates what beach access you are at.
“Many times they don’t know where they’re at on the beach which makes it difficult for our responders but if they call 911 and say we’re at beach access B, and we need help, we know right where to go and get there faster,” said PKS Police Chief Ryan Thompson.
Thompson adds there are no lifeguards on duty in Pine Knoll Shore beaches. He advises beach goers to swim at their own discretion and carry a floatation device.