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Clearwater Beach Swimmers Urged to Use Caution

3/25/2013 11:53:53 AM

Contact: Lifeguard Station, (727) 462-6963


March 25, 2013


Clearwater Lifeguard Station

(727) 462-6963


Clearwater, Fla. -- Today red flags fly on all towers due to rough surf conditions and strong currents. Red Flags indicate the following: High hazard. Strong currents and dangerous surf conditions. Avoid entering the water.

A Red No Swim flag is hoisted at Tower 1, and No Swim flags are placed on the beach to the jetty. We are keeping that area clear of swimmers because of the strong current and heavy surf pushing into the rocks and around the jetty into Clearwater Pass. There is a No Swim Flag hoisted on Tower 4 and no swimming between Tower 4 and Pier 60 due to the strong current pushing into the pier. Currently we are experiencing a lateral/long shore current.

Swimming is allowed in areas other than these but is not advised today. If patrons choose to swim, the Clearwater Beach Lifeguards ask that swimmers heed the warnings and flags and swim near a lifeguard. Conditions are not expected to improve throughout the day. Clearwater Beach is currently experiencing 25 to 27 mile per hour winds from the north/northwest. The surf is rough and choppy with three- to four-foot waves.