• Fourth of July rescues total 84 in Volusia County


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Central Florida beaches were packed Friday as people continued to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

    Lifeguards have been keeping a close eye on the crowds and getting ready for another busy weekend.

    Beach rescue made about a dozen rescues Friday.

    Dangerous conditions continue on Volusia County beaches. Lifeguards didn't have to contend with the same large crowds from July 4, but both rescuers and parents didn't let down their guard.

    "It's super hard. You have to keep a close eye at all times. You cannot let them out of your eyesight," said parent Kelley Allen.

    Lifeguards had pulled 84 people from the ocean on Independence Day.

    "We are still flying a red flag. We still have very hazardous conditions and we expect this to last throughout the weekend," Capt. Tammy Marris with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said.

    There have been no near drownings or accidents on the beach. Beach safety officials are asking swimmers to swim near a lifeguard. They're also asking drivers to watch for children and for parents to keep them away from driving lanes at all times.

    Officials said beach-goers should arrive early, especially in Volusia, because there will be race day traffic to deal with as well.

    Brevard County lifeguards and rescue workers are keeping a careful eye out as well.

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