Volusia County officials keep busy with soft sand, rip currents

Shark bites not an issue over holiday weekend

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Labor Day is one the busiest days at the beach all year and Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue were kept busy dealing with soft sand issues and strong rip currents.

"We've had soft sand, which has plagued us all summer long, but it really came out over the weekend," said Deputy Chief Scott Petersohn.

During the holiday weekend, Petersohn said they've rescued at least 100 cars stuck in the sand. On Monday, it happened to Katrina Devine.

"We went to pull in somewhere else and we got stuck in the soft sand, so we had to get help to get out," Devine said.

Driving on Daytona Beach was nixed for almost three hours after high tide washed out the traffic lane.

Lifeguards also helped rescue more than a dozen people as the strong rip currents lasted throughout the weekend.

"At first glance, you don't think there's too much out there and then you get out into 3- and 4-footers out there," said beachgoer Jon Wilson of the rip currents.

What lifeguards didn't see Monday was shark bites. However, a 13-year-old girl was bitten Sunday in New Smyrna Beach.

Six people have been bitten by sharks in Volusia County so this year.

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