Cristobal churns surf, creates rip current risk along Jersey Shore

Red flags at many beaches aren't keeping swimmers

Red flags at many beaches aren't keeping swimmers out of the water. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

POINT PLEASANT BEACH - Rip currents along the Jersey Shore are making for a dangerous start to the Labor Day weekend.

The risk remains high along the coast as Hurricane Crisobal whips up the surf, keeping lifeguards working overtime.

Jenkinson's Chief Lifeguard Dean Albanese says it is been an issue, particularly when lifeguards are off duty. 

Red flags at many beaches aren't keeping swimmers out of the water, Albanese says. "Usually, they just go in up to their knees and they get pulled in, get sucked in by a rip current, and they're in trouble," he says. 

Lifeguards at Jenkinson's are staying past their usual 6 p.m. quitting time. They made six saves after hours on Wednesday night.

Body boarder Tom Roach is loving the waves, but still says conditions are rough. "It pushes you really hard into the beach," he says. "Really hard down to the sand. But it's all worth it if you catch a wave." 

Family members held a funeral Thursday for the 17-year-old who died after he was rescued from the surf at an unguarded beach at Sandy Hook.

Dozens of lifeguards recovered the teen, but he died at a hospital on Wednesday.

Conditions are expected to be better at the Jersey Shore by the holiday weekend.

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