Red flags continue flying in Va. Beach due to ‘rough surf’

WAVY/Joe Fisher

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Red flags continued to fly at three area beaches Friday to warn swimmers of the dangerous water conditions.

Red flags were placed at Resort, Croatan, and North End beaches first on Thursday.

The National Weather Service says there is a moderate threat for rip current. The agency says the risk will be lower on Saturday.

The Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service says they’ve rescued more than 50 people since Wednesday, most of which were caught in rip currents.

A father and his two sons had to be rescued Thursday around noon after a rip current pulled them 150 yards from the shoreline near 50th Street. Lifeguards say they rescued the adult man and two teenagers from the water, but one of the teenagers was unconscious when they got there.

Virginia Beach Emergency Management say medics took all three to the hospital after taking in an excessive amount of water. The teenager who became unconscious was transferred to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, where doctors continued to monitor his condition Friday.

Captain Gary Felch says swimmers caught in rip currents should swim parallel to the shoreline to get out of the current and then swim in the direction of the beach.

Felch says often times, swimmers overestimate their swimming ability and underestimate the power of the ocean.

“It’s not a swimming pool,” said Felch. “You can’t grab the side, and as far as rip currents go, if you get caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Yell for help.”

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