Northwest Florida

Red flags up at Pensacola Beach during height of spring break

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) - The dangerous current at Pensacola Beach caused lifeguards to put up the red flag on Wednesday.

Alex Johnson is the water safety deputy chief. He says it's important to keep people who aren't use to the gulf, out of the water in these conditions.

He says it's easy for the water to push people further in, which can become a life or death situation.

But, Cherie Merkley and her family traveled all the way to Florida from Wisconsin.

"It's a little bit of a bummer because today is the first day of sun and we can't go in the water," Merkley said. "I have three boys here with us and they keep trying to inch their way up at least to their knees and lifeguards keep whistling and telling them to come back."

Lifeguards even stayed on the beach later than 6pm, just to make sure swimmers were safe. 

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