TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Tybee Ocean Rescue warns beachgoers that some areas of the beach are more dangerous and may not be covered by the lifeguards.
Over the weekend, there were several close calls at Tybee Island beaches.
"The south end sandbar, 19th Street area, Chatham Street area – [are] very dangerous areas this year. It's almost a daily thing - the tides come in, [and] we're towing people across; towing people across. This is the Atlantic Ocean. This is not a pool. It is a very dangerous swimming environment. I can't stress that enough," said Hunter Robinson with the Tybee Ocean Rescue.
Tybee Ocean Rescue told WTOC that a 13-year-old boy nearly drowned in the waters off the Back River near 19th Street.
Tybee Fire Chief Skip Sasser said lifeguards got the boy breathing again. He was then transported to Memorial University Medical Center. There's still no word how he's doing.
Tybee Ocean Rescue said the best way to stay safe at the beach is to remain near a lifeguard tower and to be mindful of the warning flags.