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Parks and Recreation says newest addition to Corpus Christi beaches can help save lives

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Posted at 3:55 AM, May 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-31 15:27:33-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Sun bathing, surfers and swimmers are at beaches in the Sparkling City.

If you're taking a dip in the ocean, someone is watching from above. Lifeguards are in their new towers.

"So we have better lifeguard towers that are built for the lifeguards to have better views of the water," says Gulf Beach program manager Ashley Rioux.

Rioux says the new towers will help save more lives and they've been waiting for them for after two years.

"You know what makes viewing the water when cars are stacked back hard from the driving lane," says Rioux. "As you know we have mobile patrol in the lifeguard tower so that's why the towers are really important"

The CDC reports approximately 50% to 70% of drownings happen in open water.

During his time as a lifeguard, Travis Moore says he has made around 25 rescues.

"You'll see rip currents going out between the brakes so how do you locate a rip current well there I'm always up against the jetty," he says.

To help bring awareness this Memorial Day, lifeguards are also sporting new shirts with beach flag warnings.

"There's not gonna be any chance of rip tides for the most part unless you go a little bit deeper," says Moore. "A red flag warning is when we warn people to stay waist-deep, especially if you're not experienced because there is gonna be a high chance of rip currents."

So, you should expect to see warning flags placed around lifeguard towers and sitting up in the tower lifeguards are ready to spring into action.

The Corpus Christi Park and Recreation Department is also looking to hire more lifeguards.

There are 18 positions open right now for this season, May 30 until Sept. 6.

Click here for the lifeguard on duty schedule.