New signs, phone app makes for safer Brevard beaches

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

There’s a new push to warn people about deadly rip currents along Brevard County beaches.

On Friday, the county put up some new warning signs that teach people how to get out of a rip.

The county also created a smartphone app that will warn beachgoers about an approaching storm, and lets them know which areas of the beach have lifeguards.

Officials hope the signs and the app will make the beaches safer and cut down on the number of rip current deaths.

“This sign will help a lot. I think it is a big step,” said surfer Fernando Landa.

Landa has seen many people ignore flag warnings and get into dangerous situations in the water away from lifeguards.

The signs are in English and Spanish and also mention the apps beachgoers can download.

One sends them weather alerts and the other lets them know where the lifeguard towers are located.

In the last 10 years, 24 people have died in rip currents along Brevard County beaches.

In the coming months, more than 200 additional signs will go up along Brevard Beaches from Canaveral National Seashore to Sebastian Inlet.