RED FLAGs Remain in Place,&
Public Again Advised to Stay Out of Ocean
(Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm)
Confirmed Drowning in Emerald Isle This Afternoon
Town officials have confirmed a drowning this afternoon in Emerald Isle. More details about this incident will be released as they become available.
The 41-year old male was recovered from the ocean in the 9000 block of Emerald Isle at approximately 2:30 pm today, but, unfortunately, efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
The Town extends its deepest condolences to his family, and is working to assist the family at this difficult time.
Red Flags Remain in Place in Emerald Isle
Dangerous surf conditions continue in Emerald Isle, and RED FLAGS remain in place along the Town's entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach. As has been the case since Sunday, the public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice. Dangerous surf conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, and RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.
Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place all week, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. Town and other area emergency personnel were dispatched to 4 water rescue calls within less than one hour this afternoon, involving several individuals, due to people ignoring these warnings. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.
Red Flags Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant
Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.
This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .
Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current
Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current. Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!
For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast .
The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:
To learn more about beach safety, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .
PLEASE BE SAFE!