The coastal town of Pine Knoll Shores â€” which saw a drowning on Sunday â€” is going on the defensive against suggestions it is unnecessarily restricting swimming along its popular beaches.
Red flags warning of rip current dangers have become common on the townâ€™s beaches, even on daysÂ when conditions are considered only moderate. Red flags mean only the most experienced swimmers and surfers should consider swimming.
â€œWe have heard from more than a few people that our flag status has often exceeded actual conditions,â€ said a Tuesday post on the townâ€™s Facebook page.
â€œWe will never post flags at a condition less than what the NWS (National Weather Service) recommends,â€ the post continued. â€œBut if our experienced Fire/EMS captains believe conditions in PKS warrant it, we will post a flag that reflects a more severe warning than what NWS has recommended for the entire coast of N.C.â€
NC beach town cracks down on risky swimming â€” and doesnâ€™t care if tourists disagree