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Couple hospitalized after beach rescue

Posted June 7, 2009

A red flag flies over a lifeguard's stand indicating rip currents off Kure Beach on Sunday, June 7, 2009.
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— A woman was listed in critical condition Sunday a day after she and her family got caught in rip currents off Kure Beach.

Witnesses told WRAL that three family members on vacation got caught in the strong currents and had to be pulled out Saturday. A woman and man were taken to a hospital, where they remained a day later.

Detective vehicles were outside the home the couple was renting at Cutter Court and Kure Village Way Sunday.

Red flags indicating strong rip currents were flying on lifeguards' stands this weekend.

Rip currents are powerful currents that flow from the shore past the breakers. They are strong enough to carry people out with them.

According to the U.S. Livesaving Association, 80 percent of beach rescues involve rip currents. This week marks "Rip Currents: Break The Grip of The Rip! Awareness Week," conducted by the National Weather Service.

Get advice on rip current safety.


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  • tooter9565 Jun 8, 2009

    We spent the weekend at Kure beach and this happened at the beach area we where at. There was a little girl killed the weekend before also..the water was harsh there. We only had a couple of people get in the water on Sat. for about 10 min. and that was it they said it was way to rough. Lifeguards driving the beach telling people of the rip tides and most people did not go back in the water but there was a few that waited for the lifeguards to drive away and would go back out...idiots think they can take on mother nature!! I do hope these people recover.

  • SunnyDays Jun 8, 2009

    While I hope this couple is going to be alright, and I truly do, never go out when the red flags are out....that is just asking for trouble.

  • showed up late Jun 8, 2009

    You can't imagine the futility of trying to get out of the grip of a rip tide until you have actaully experienced it. Get in knee deep is my rule these days.