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Beach's colored wristbands help find lost kids

Posted June 19, 2009

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— Lifeguards at Carolina Beach have a new system of waterproof colored wristbands to help lost children find their parents.

Each lifeguard stand on the beach is painted a different color, and parents and children can match their wristbands with the color of the nearest stand.

Lifeguards and officers with Carolina the Carolina Beach Police Department's Ocean Rescue Team says they hope the system cuts down on the amount of time lifeguards spend looking for the parents of lost children.

Ocean Beach lifeguards dealt with 36 lost children last year, which took a lot of time away from watching swimmers, officials there said.

A similar colored wristband system has been used in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., for two years, and officials there say it has worked well.


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  • oldschooltarheel Jun 19, 2009

    I have an idea - watch your own anklebiters. Lost anklebiter results in sobriety test & hefty fine for reuniting (only if parents are sober as drinking on NC beaches is prohibited). Better yet, adopt something like the feral cat program with capture, neuter & release.

  • justafella Jun 19, 2009

    Need a wrist band for some of the less than sober adults too!

  • klcmomof2 Jun 19, 2009

    Seriously, who loses their kids at the beach? I wear myself out watching them. My husband and I each take a different child and watch them constantly.

  • lbzebulon Jun 19, 2009

    I personally think it is the parents responsibility to watch their own children, if not let someone else have them that will look out for them. Alot of parents throw their responsibilities on others too much.........