Virginia Beach staffs extra lifeguards for holiday weekend


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach officials are all hands on deck this holiday anticipating large crowds for July 4th.

Those heading out to the beach the past few days probably saw a lot of lifeguards on duty. According to the chief of Virginia Beach Life Saving Service, Tom Gill, there are 75 lifeguards and supervisors working. 

 “This is going to be our busiest time of the year,” said Gill. “Fourth of July is always our Superbowl of the lifeguard season, with the biggest concentration of people we will ever have on the beach.”

Gill encourages everyone to find where the stands are and to keep a close eye on water conditions. For the 4th of July, Gill says they plan to have 10 percent more guards on duty.

There were no *cautionary* red flags out on Saturday, so if you did see red flags they were noting where surfers are allowed.

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