Fewer lifeguards patrolling Tybee Island this summer

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - With fewer lifeguards watching the waters off Tybee's coast this summer, city leaders want you to be more aware of your surroundings.

The lifeguard staff is being stretched more this summer than last, which means families will need to be more vigilant. Tybee leaders are encouraging beach-goers to look out for the flags warning of rip currents and dangerous marine life. Tybee's mayor says just because there are fewer lifeguards doesn't mean the beaches are completely unwatched.

"The guards we have are just working more hours, I think. We had a number of the applicants who did not pass the swimming test, and that's one of the reasons we don't have as many as we had last year, but we still have good coverage on the beach. it's just that we have fewer lifeguards working a little bit more hours," Mayor Buelterman said.

The mayor also says the search is still on for a new fire chief as well. They hope to have that position filled by August.

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