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Strong waves, rip currents prompt ocean rescues on Tybee Island

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Tybee Ocean Rescue is reminding swimmers headed to the beach to be careful, especially when yellow or red flags are out.

Tropical Storm Colin may be through the area, but that doesn't mean it is all clear for Tybee Island.

Red flags waved on Tybee through around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Strong waves and rip currents prompted several water rescues.

Captain Todd Horne of the Tybee Ocean Rescue says be sure to swim near lifeguards, and stay close to shore when water conditions aren't ideal.

Most visitors WTOC spoke to said they're taking extra precautions Tuesday.

"We're putting our feet in the water, but not going all the way in. We don't want to get caught in a rip current,” said one visitor.

"I have my husband and the rest of my family watching over them and we don't go out too far."

If you're headed to Tybee, remember always check the flag posting, whether it is green yellow or red. Captain Horne also suggests talking to the lifeguards that day, seeing what water conditions are like or where the jellyfish are. They can tell you all those details.

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