Updated 06/30/2012 05:17 PM
With dangerous heat, lifeguards watching shore as well as surf
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CAROLINA BEACH — Temperatures have risen to dangerous highs, with heat indices soaring well over 100 degrees.
However that did not stop people from flocking to the beaches over the holiday weekend. Lifeguard Michael Mulleavey has been working on the beach for years, but said he has never worked a day as hot as Saturday was.
"We knew it coming in. We were all prepared, water supplies on all the trucks for the lifeguards," said Mulleavey.
Guards had even more responsibility this weekend as temperatures rose even faster than the number of people swarming to the coast.
"We've got our eyes peeled on the water and on the beach for anything that could happen in this heat. When you're out on the beach, the heat exasperates almost any disease or illness you could have. People don't realize how hot they're getting when they're getting in and out of the water," said Mulleavey.
Several serious cases of dehydration and heat-related illness were reported on the beach Saturday. One man passed out from severe dehydration. A 13-year-old girl had to be tended to by paramedics, due to the heat.
Most beach goers tried to beat the heat with water and plenty of shade.
It was certainly a busy day for companies like Pleasure Island Rentals that rent out umbrellas, among other things. Pleasure Island Rentals employee Tyler Switzer said they could hardly get gear to the beach fast enough.
"We're completely out of umbrellas and chairs. It's the first time this season that we've been out of chairs," said Switzer.
Lifeguards warn that consuming alcoholic beverages is especially dangerous in high temperatures. They are encouraging people to stick with water if planning on being outside.