Water rescues up this season for Virginia Beach lifeguards

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach lifeguards say they are seeing more rescues than last year.

Over the weekend, lifeguards pulled out several swimmers including a teenager who remains in critical condition.

“It can be really dangerous,” said Ann Kane.

Every summer, Kane and her family come to vacation in Virginia Beach from Georgia.

She knows not to take her eyes off her daughter.

“We don’t even let go of her, because we know that the currents can grab her and pull her right in,” Kane added.

Kane was here over the weekend when lifeguards had to save several swimmers.

“There are definitely some deep slopes out there on the other side of the sandbars,” Kane said. “If you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re not that strong of a swimmer then you’re in trouble.”

Saturday, lifeguards rescued six swimmers including a 17-year-old from Northern Virginia who is in critical condition.

“We pulled him out as fast as we could and did everything that we know how to do medically,” said Tom Gill of Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service.

Lifeguards say last year they saved just over 400 swimmers.  200 have already been rescued in 2018.

“Well we started on Memorial Day Saturday, we pulled out 61 people,” Gill added.

Lifeguards say more sandbars have formed this year.  It’s causing swimmers to get over confident in the waist deep water and wander out too far.

“People who are on the back edge of a sandbar can easily fall off that and get sucked out with the deeper water,” Gill said.

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