Dozens rescued off Tybee Island coast

By Brian Entin - bio | email

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - It was a busy weekend for Tybee Island lifeguards.

Lifeguards rescued nearly 50 swimmers on Saturday and Sunday because of dangerous rip currents.

Lt. Hunter Robinson with Tybee Ocean Rescue said he hasn't seen it this bad in years. He said the most rescues were Saturday night between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and again on Sunday night.

"It seemed like the snap of a finger and the water was atrocious. We went from pretty much a normal day to everbody in the water continuously. We have multiple rescues and multiple victims," Robinson said.

The most serious incident happened around 8pm Saturday on the beach near 8th Street right off Butler Avenue on Tybee Island. Chief Skip Sasser, with the Tybee Island Fire Dept., told WTOC two swimmers got caught in some rough currents.

Three men pulled the swimmers from the water and Tybee Ocean Rescue Squad performed first aid when they arrived. Chief Sasser says they were conscious and breathing when they were pulled from the water. The two people were then transported to Memorial Medical Center.

Experts say the rip currents are caused by Tropical Depression Colin.

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