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Tybee Island lifeguards: Stay away from sandbar

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

After making more than 20 rescues this weekend, Tybee Island Ocean Rescue is warning the thousands of swimmers who flock to the beach during these hot summer months, to stay away from sandbars and watch out for the current.

"The rescues… had to do with the sandbar and the either incoming or outgoing tidal current," said Hunter Robinson, a captain at Tybee Island Ocean Rescue. "The sand bar, last year, was responsible for 250 plus rescues. It's a constant problem, they have put signs on all the board walks warning about the specifics of the area."

According to Robinson, the beach area near south 15th, 16th and 19th streets are the busiest areas.

"At high tide the sandbar completely covers, it's a very, very violent part of this beach," said Robinson.

And, according to Robinson, Life guards don't have their jet skies, which makes it difficult for them to get out to folks who are stuck on the sand bars.

"Our jet skies are in the shop right now are being repaired, so we have to utilize the fire department's boats," said Robinson.

Rip currents were not an issue this weekend, according to Robinson.

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