Okaloosa County lifeguard season ends Oct. 27

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Special to the Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 09:00 AM.

Okaloosa Beach Safety lifeguard season ends Oct. 27, following more than 200 open water rescues. Beach Safety will maintain limited daily patrols and 911 responses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the winter months on Okaloosa Island; however, winter surf conditions are often dangerous.

Conditions will be monitored and warning flags will be flown when necessary. The county’s beach-flag warning system comprises a green flag indicating safe swimming conditions; yellow flag, medium hazard; red flag, high hazard; and purple flag indicating marine pests’ presence. A double red flag flying along public beaches signifies waters are closed. 

Officials recommend swimming in areas with on-duty lifeguards and always using caution in the water.

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