Dangerous Beach Conditions on AL Coast

Apr 6, 2017

Red flags flying on Alabama's Gulf Coast
Credit John David Mercer / AP / Press-Register

Dangerous surf conditions are causing lots of problems on the Alabama coast during spring break season.

Red flags are flying to warn people about hazardous rip currents that can quickly and easily pull swimmers out to sea. But in Gulf Shores, Ala., lifeguards have still had to rescue at least five people since Saturday. Beach safety director Scott Smothers tells WALA-TV one man had to be resuscitated but is now doing OK.

Lifeguard Jordan Russell says he had to help a 6-year-old boy and the boy's sister after both got pulled away from the beach on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says there's a high risk of rip currents from Dauphin Island all the way east to Destin, Florida. Conditions are expected to improve by the weekend.