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Ocean Rescue/Red "No Swimming" Flag Notices

Posted on: September 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Dangerous Rip Currents and Rough Surf Expected From Larry

Dangerous surf and rip currents expected as a result of the storm offshore.

Swell from distant Hurricane Larry will impact area beaches beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, leading to rough surf and the potential for life threatening rip currents. 

If red "no swimming" flags are NOT flying, be sure to know the conditions, and how to survive them, before heading into the ocean. For more information on learning how to spot and survive rip currents, visit

Red "No Swimming" Flags
A posted red flag means swimming in the Atlantic Ocean is prohibited until dangerous conditions subside and the red flags are lowered.

Swimming means any entry into the Atlantic Ocean, whether assisted by a raft, an inflatable device, or anything similar in nature.

Those using surfboards that are fiberglass and foam, which are at least five feet long, with at least one fin and a leash, may enter the water. The same is true for those using a body board and fins (not SCUBA fins) that consist of a foam core encapsulated by a durable hard plastic bottom, a foam top deck, and foam side rails. The core of the body board must be made of polyethylene or polypropylene that incorporates stringers for rigidity. A durable coiled leash must be attached securely to the front of the board. However, those using Styrofoam boards or boards affixed with a nylon mesh cover and woven cord leash are not allowed into the water.

For more information, contact Nags Head Fire and Rescue at 252.441.5909.

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