OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WECT) – After a father and son died in a rip current last week, Oak Island Water Rescue announced a new project that will be put in place to avoid similar accidents from happening in the future.
Oak Island Water Rescue said in a Facebook post that on Tuesday, they will be adding warning signs to each beach access and attaching them to existing posts used for beach warnings and information.
The signs contain information about the meaning of each color-coded beach warning flag, as well as a QR code you can scan with your phone to learn the current hazard.
Scanning will take you to https://oiwr.org/currenthazard, a page that shows the rip current hazard status which updates every 15 minutes, making it more effective than having physical flags. When it changes, beachgoers will be able to learn about it far sooner than if Water Rescue had to physically change all the flags along the beach.
See the Facebook post below to get a glimpse of the new signs:
Oak Island Water Rescue teamed up with the Southport Rotary, Southport Evening Rotary Clubs and the Town of Oak Island to complete the project.
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