Local emergency crews are reporting as many as 79 water rescues Thursday, all due to rip currents.
Surfside beach reported the most rescues, with 25 incidents, followed by Myrtle Beach claiming that 20 people were rescued.
Carolina Beach also reports 15, North Myrtle Beach had 11, and Wrightsville Beach had 8.
Safety officials say if you feel like you’re caught in a rip current, you should swim parallel to the shore until you no longer feel the strong current. Then, when you’re out, swim at an angle away from the line of the current until you reach the shore.