Caution Still Advised
Thursday, May 31 - 9 am
RED FLAGS Removed, Ocean Open for Public Use
Beach conditions have improved, and Emerald Isle officials are removing the RED FLAGs that have been in place since Tuesday, May 29. The ocean is open for public use.
Emerald Isle has returned to YELLOW FLAG status, which is the Town's normal beach status. YELLOW FLAGs indicate moderate hazards, and the public should continue to use caution in the ocean.
The Town's lifeguards will be stationed at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, the Western Ocean Regional Access, and on 4 all-terrain vehicles patrolling the Town's ~ 12 miles of ocean beach. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am - 5 pm daily, and may be on duty earlier or later in the day if conditions warrant.
Know What to Do in a Rip Current - STAY CALM, and SWIM PARALLEL to Shore!
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!