Dangerous rip currents close beaches along Grand Strand

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Surfside Beach and Myrtle Beach officials have closed beaches to swimmers Thursday afternoon due to dangerous rip currents.

The Surfside Beach Police Department announced at 1:53 p.m. that swimmers were called from the ocean and red flags were posted to warn beach goers they could not reenter the water. Rip currents have lead to dangerous water conditions along the Grand Strand resulting in the no swimming order issued in Surfside Beach.

Myrtle Beach has also posted red flags along the ocean. According to Lt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department, Beach Patrol Officers and lifeguards have performed several rescues Thursday morning. As a result, the beach has been red flagged for the remainder of the day.

North Myrtle Beach officials have also ordered the red flags to be posted, allowing beach goers to get into the water “knee to waist deep” only.

The order is in affect on both beach areas until further notice.

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