Dangerous surf and winds gusting to 30 miles per hour. This is when going to the beach can be deadly.
“They can walk out and all of a sudden there’s a drop-off,” says lifeguard Scott Smothers, “when they get in the drop-off, that’s when the current starts taking them.”
A high surf advisory is in effect until Saturday morning. Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have been flying red flags all week and almost went to double red flags Wednesday that would have closed gulf waters. “You cannot get in the water,” under double, red flags says Smothers. “The water is closed making you subject to citations or arrest.”
Gulf Shores lifeguards have already pulled three people from the surf this week. They continue to be on high alert with a beach filled with folks unfamiliar with the area and how dangerous the gulf can be.
“People are actually approaching us asking what does that mean, what do we do, what not to do, what are the dangers if we do get in the water,” says Smothers.
Most beach-goers are staying out of the water but there are always some keeping lifeguards on their toes.
The cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach along with Baldwin County EMA are continuing to monitor surf conditions and they could still close the waters if warranted.