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Tybee Island beaches hit with strong rip currents

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Tybee Ocean Rescue, police and fire departments were on alert on Saturday. Tybee Ocean Rescue, police and fire departments were on alert on Saturday.
TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Tybee Island Fire Chief Skip Sasser told WTOC that lifeguards have rescued at least 32 people from the ocean on Saturday. One person was taken to the hospital.

The day started off sunny, but the winds have picked up. That didn't stop locals and tourists from enjoying the beach and water.

Many seemed either unaware or not concerned with Tropical Storm Beryl. But Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman said the storm is nothing to laugh at.

"We want to make sure people understand that it is very, very serious risk - especially if they're out here with their children [and] if they're inexperienced swimmers - to be very, very cognizant of the fact that rip currents can be very dangerous and life-threatening," he said.

Buelterman warned against swimming against the rip current. "Your instinct is to get right back to shore, but they should swim parallel to the shore and that will get them relatively easy back to the shore," he said.

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