06-11-2012, 11:03 PM #51
06-11-2012, 11:10 PM #52
Some links about beach safety:
For current conditions and flag updates text “FLAG” to 67463 to receive a link or visit SWFD.org. Text messaging rates may apply.
06-12-2012, 07:00 AM #54
Amazing-close to fifty swimmers had to be assisted to shore in Bay and Walton counties yesterday alone. To my knowledge double reds flew all day in Walton yesterday. Despite the flags, what lack of common sense must one have to get in such rough water?!
I definitely give Walton County points for making it easy to find the current flag status online. Try googling for south walton current flag warnings vs. panama city beach. Multiple links to Walton County's comes up. I'm still trying to find current conditions for PCB.
On the double red, I know it saves lives, but from a personal freedom standpoint I'm uncomfortable with the idea of anyone telling me the ocean is closed. I just find that a really strange concept.
06-12-2012, 07:25 AM #56
Green flags are rarely flown here. First off is the idea that you should always use caution - so stick with yellow. The other issue is that if you raise green flags all morning, by the time you finish, the onshore wind has picked up and you have to start raising yellow flags, then by the time you finish raising all the yellow flags the wind has picked up and . . . you see the problem.
Not to mention the squalls we get that pop up in 30 minutes and create red flag conditions.
06-12-2012, 07:40 AM #58~~~~~~~~_/)~~~~~~~~
Most open water swimmers drown because by the time they realize they're in trouble, it's too late to do anything about it, and they haven't brought anything that floats with them. I think something like the following is a great idea:
I've been waiting for someone to invent something like this for years.
06-12-2012, 09:52 AM #60
06-12-2012, 11:35 AM #61
Jason Aldean is not happy about the ticket he got for swimming during double reds. "I'm pretty sure I won't drown in knee deep water."
And that right there is the problem. People simply do not understand rip currents, or the power of knee deep water. These are the same folks who drive into flooded intersections and then can't comprehend how the water managed to sweep them away.
The day before the drowning flags were single red. I was talking to some visitors on the beach, nice, intelligent people. And they asked me, how seriously do I take the flag?
06-12-2012, 12:03 PM #62
I don't like it that anyone got a ticket, but there is an obvious reason for it. When double red flags are flyimg in Bay County, "knee deep is too deep," is the motto for Channel 7 new.
Before entering the water, check the flag, then ask yourself, "can someone die trying to save me?" If the flag is red and especially double red, the answer is YES.
If you do not have a flag nearby...get on the computer and check flag conditions at www.swfd.org, or many other websites, turn on the TV, or ask your neighbors. Better yet, make a phone call to SWFD @ 850-267-1298. Even better than all of that, use your common sense. If the Gulf looks angry, it wants to eat you. Back away. Instead, enjoy the view."
"If you are going to be stupid, you better be tough".
06-12-2012, 12:34 PM #63
I like that people got tickets. Seems to be the only thing that gets some folks attention.Basically, I'm just passing through on my way to Australia.
06-25-2012, 06:16 AM #64
06-25-2012, 12:48 PM #65
Saturday I got a text in the late afternoon (4:48pm) that the single red flag was being replaced by double reds. We were near Bramble and the flag never changed for the next hour or so we were there, I think we left about 6:00 and no flag change. This seemed odd. If SWFD texts double red, it seems we need to figure out how to get them up immediatly.
06-25-2012, 06:37 PM #66
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06-25-2012, 07:55 PM #67
I thought I would add that I got the late Saturday afternoon text as well stating the flags were double red and said the beaches were closed. I had only signed up for the texts while we were there in late May. Havent received a text since we left so I assumed the water conditions were bad enough they were texting EVERYONE...
06-25-2012, 09:07 PM #68
Noticed today that the signs explaining the flag system at the entrance to public accesses on 30a east of Camp Creek Lake are gone. Only checked two accesses but have they removed these signs for some reason?BEACH LOCAL
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