Lifeguards Urge Beach Safety

Tybee lifeguards are urging you to be careful at the beach this weekend. Lifeguards are out in full force along the shore. The Independence Day holiday is one of the busiest weekends of the year at the beach.

To be safe, lifeguards say follow the rules. That means no glass, fire or fireworks on the beach. They also advise you to swim with a buddy and stay within fifty yards of the shore. That way, if you do run into trouble, lifeguards will be able to reach you faster. Most of all, they're asking parents to watch their kids closely.

"The biggest thing is to keep an eye on your children," explained Tybee Police Corporal Jason Heckman. "It's very easy for people to misplace them, so try to keep your eyes on them and know where they're at. You also want to make sure you keep an eye on them in the water. The 50 yard rule is a good guideline (for adults), but parents should keep them (kids) even closer than that."

If you are having trouble in the water, call for a lifeguard. If you get caught in a rip tide, lifeguards say, don't panic. Swim parallel to the beach until you can get past the rip tide.