Rip current threat as thousands expected to pack the coast

Volusia lifeguards fully staffed for busy holiday weekend

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Lifeguards warn of rip current threat as thousands of people are expected to pack the beaches in Volusia and Flagler counties for Memorial Day weekend.

The red flags are flying across the beaches of Volusia County warning beachgoers of the dangerous conditions in the waters.

What better way to kick off summer than heading to the beach for the holiday weekend and that's why officials are expecting capacity crowds.

Families came out early to grab a good spot in the sand Saturday morning in Daytona Beach.

One family from Cleveland, Ohio were already soaking up the sun.

"It's 43 degrees back home right now," the family told Local 6.

While it seems like a picture perfect day Volusia County Beach Patrol officials are warning swimmers about the conditions in the water.

With high surf and dangerous rip currents, the beach will be fully staffed with guards with their eyes on the waters.

"We will be watching our little ones very closely so they stay safe," one mother said Saturday.

Lifeguards are reminding swimmers to stay in front of lifeguard towers or stay in knee deep water.

In Flagler county, lifeguards will be stationed around the Flagler Beach Pier while Flagler Fire Rescue Crews will watch the waters in areas that aren't protected by guards.

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