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Lifeguard Season Ends On Tybee Beach

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Starting Monday you'll be swimming at your own risk on Tybee Beach. The lifeguard season is officially over.

Instead of having an extra set of eyes watching out for your safety on Tybee Beach, you'll now have to look out for yourself and your family. 

"We'll have to bring band-aids and just keep closer to them [kids]," said visitor Nina Middendors.

Ocean Rescue Captain, Mike Taylor, said it's more important than ever for visitors to use common sense.

"The closer you stay to shore the less chance of you getting caught in a rip current or anything else happening to you. We always ask the kids not to play down in the channel, not to play too close to the pier. The pier is covered in barnacles and holes that get washed out from the waves," said Captain Taylor.

If you do get caught in a rip current, you can get yourself out of trouble.

"In our area rip currents are not very big, they don't go out very far, so do not panic. Let it take you, then kick parallel to the beach, and then you'll be able to swim your way in," said Captain Taylor.

Captain Taylor said the number one hot spot for trouble on the beach is on the south end by 19th Street so visitors should use extra caution.

"We have more problems in this area because when it is low tide you can walk up to 800 yards out, that's hard to see let alone with our eyes but also binoculars," said Captain Taylor.

Over all Captain Taylor said there were about 120 rescues this year compared to a 150 last year.

The Ocean Rescue lifeguards will return to Tybee Beach the weekend after St. Patrick 's Day.

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