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Tybee Island Police prepping for busy Memorial Day Weekend

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Plenty of people will hit the beaches this weekend, including Tybee Island, but this means space is filling up quickly at rental spots. 

"Tybee is always very busy this weekend. It's one of our busiest weekends of the year. It is the kind of unofficial start of the summer. Because people are off for three days.. you know.. we have really big crowds for not only Saturday and Sunday, but also, we expect them on Monday," said Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman.

We've called several hotels that are already booked. One place said they only had one room available, but it's probably been reserved since then. The vacation rental spots are running out of space as well, but there is a way to still get a room as long as its by Friday. 

"We expect it to be a blow out weekend. We're already running out of space," said Keith Gay, Tybee Beach Vacation Rentals. 

Gay says they have a variety of properties, from eight bedroom houses, to one to two bedroom oceanfront condos, but because this weekend is the Memorial Day Weekend, he says it's going to be busy, but if you call them or any other rental place soon...

"There is always last minute availability up until probably Friday."

But remember, some places are already completely booked. Gay also says to make sure you're going through a reputable company. 

"Make sure that you're protected, that your rental is legitimate, and it'll be there when you get there," he said. 

Speaking of protection and safety, Tybee Police say they will be out in full force on the beaches and patrolling the streets. 

"It's going to be very busy. It's going to be a lot of traffic. There's going to be a lot of people out here," said Sergeant Coreno, Tybee Island Police. 

Sergeant Coreno says to follow the rules and don't bring glass, pets, or litter to the beach. She says it's also about staying safe in the water.

"Just listen to the lifeguards, and obey them; and they're at every single station on the beach," he said. 

Captain Todd Horne with Tybee Island Ocean Rescue says it's very important to watch out for rip currents, and try to avoid the sand bar. 

"We have an issue with the sandbar every year. This year, we're able to see out onto the sandbar; see if people are out there in an area that we can't see while were standing on the ground. The guards are able to get into the second level of the lifeguard tower, and be able to see those people," said Captain Horne. "If you get caught in a rip current, the number one advice I can give you is don't panic. Wave your arms so you can get the attention of the beach goers or the lifeguards. Swim parallel to shore. Once you start swimming parallel to shore, the rip current will release you."

Captain Horne also says at least half of their rescues are alcohol related, so be extra careful if you're drinking on the beach.

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