PANAMA CITY BEACH – A Bay County Sheriff’s deputy who rescued two Auburn University students from a rip current Sunday March 15, 2009 noted the men had gone far out in the water (approx. 100 yards) while red flags were flying on the beaches.
Red flags were displayed at the time, the wind was out of the south at 15 mph, and the surf had 3-foot waves.
A single red flag signals that surf conditions are dangerous, with rip currents possible. Double red flags indicate no swimming is allowed and swimmers who violate the warning may be ticketed or arrested.
For updated surf conditions, call the Panama City Beach Police Department non-emergency number, 233-5000.
Be careful out there!