The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad announced that seasonal beach patrols in Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras villages would begin on Monday, May 27. In addition, the organization will also host their first Rip Currents and Beach Hazards education event of the 2019 season on Memorial Day Monday at 9:30 a.m.
The Rip Currents and Beach Hazards education session is a free, half hour session that provides imperative rip current information for visitors and locals alike. The program first launched in 2017 as a way to increase knowledge about identifying rip currents, and what to do when caught in one. The Monday timeframe of the weekly program gives newly arrived vacationers a chance to load up on their rip current knowledge, before they hit the beach for the remainder of the week.
The classes are held every Monday at 9:30 a.m. throughout the summer months at the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad Station at 48103 N.C. Highway 12 in Buxton. No reservations are required, and folks of all ages are welcome to attend.
The Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue Squad will also begin their seasonal patrol on Memorial Day weekend, with the primary focus on the five-mile stretch of beach in front of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo.
For more information on Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue, visit https://www.facebook.com/Chicamacomico-Banks-Water-Rescue-280888235403636/.
For more information on the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, (as well as daily ocean reports which include rip current risks), visit https://www.facebook.com/HIRS35/posts/2393232007388798.