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Caution urged for swimmers on Memorial Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Swimmers were being blocked from going onto the beach at Little Talbot Island Monday near where recovery teams continued the search for two swimmers who went missing over the weekend.

An 11-year-old boy and a 52-year-old man were possibly swept out by dangerous rip currents.

Lifeguards at Jacksonville Beach who said they are doing everything possible to make Memorial Day safe for swimmers.

Volunteer lifeguards posted at the beach doubled their staff in preparation for an influx of holiday visitors.

"Well over 22 towers on the beach. We have over 46 lifeguards. And, we have over six officers working today for this memorial day," lifeguard Max Ervanian told First Coast News.

The red flags were flying, warning swimmers of dangerous water conditions. Ervanian said people were still allowed get in the water, but lifeguards were urging them to think twice.

"If they do go in the water, we suggest that they go up to the lifeguard, ask where the best place to swim is, and make sure to stay in front of lifeguard," he said.

Ervanian says it's important swimmers keep their eyes and ears open when swimming at the beach.

"When the lifeguard is whistling, they are whistling at [you]. So, if anyone is ever hears a lifeguard whistling in their general direction in the water, we suggest that you get out of the water and ask the lifeguard what they are whistling about," Ervanian warned.

Lifeguards offered I.D. bracelets for parents and children, in case children get lost.


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