At least 15 pulled from NC surf as rip currents overwhelm swimmers
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) — Several people have been rescued from dangerous rip currents on area beaches over the Memorial Day weekend.
Red flags were flying at Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Fort Fisher alerting beachgoers not to swim because of dangerous rip currents.
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Tropical depression Bonnie brought breezy onshore winds and an enhanced risk of rip currents all the way through Memorial Day.
The National Weather Service issued a high rip current risk alert for all southeastern North Carolina beaches and northeastern South Carolina beaches.
Officials at Wrightsville Beach Fire Department said there have been approximately ten water rescues this weekend so far. Wrightsville Beach ocean rescue reported six people were rescued from rip currents on Sunday alone.
Carolina Beach ocean rescue reported five people being rescued while North Myrtle Beach ocean rescue reported two people rescued on Sunday as well.
A man was taken to the