Gulf Waters Remain Closed in Baldwin County

Gulf Waters Remain Closed in Baldwin County

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

A red sky silhouettes two red flags still flying over Baldwin county beaches. The wind still gusty, darkness a stark contrast to what things looked like earlier in the day. 

High surf still has lifeguards on edge. Tropical storm Karen continues to stir things up and it's still too dangerous for swimming.

"I wouldn't swim in it if they are closed but if they were open right now I'd definitely be further in than where I'm at," says Bob Colbetzor as he stands ankle deep in the gulf.

So far no water rescues not even a water call in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores but some beachgoers continue to tempt fate.

Chief lifeguard Scott Smothers makes a bee-line for Jake Kreinop. While he waits to get into his condo he's letting his kids play in the surf. "He said the water is closed completely. I didn't realize the kids couldn't be in there at all. I started out letting them get their feet wet in the surf and you know how they are."

"We let them know the waters are closed and we also inform them that this is their verbal warning. If they get back in the water and we see them back in the water they will be issued a citation. After the citation, if they continue to return to the water, then they will be arrested," says Smothers.

So far, about half a dozen citations have been issued, no arrests but that could change. Double red flags are expected to stay up for at least one more day.

Few people would dare go in the water at night no matter what condition it was in. A short reprieve for first responders. They'll be back Sunday as some form of Karen passes to the south and keeps the gulf churning.

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