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Posted on: May 9, 2022

New Watchtower Program in North Myrtle Beach Designed to Help the Public & Lifeguards

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New Watchtower Program in North Myrtle Beach Designed to Help the Public & Lifeguards

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Lifeguards for the City of North Myrtle Beach have a new tool to keep families safe and informed while they enjoy the beach.

Residents and visitors will notice QR codes on the back of each lifeguard tower and lifeguard stand along the sands of North Myrtle Beach. 

That QR code is part of a new digital command center for lifeguards and the public called, Watchtower.

Monte Reed, with NMB Beach Patrol, said, “You just open your camera and act like you’re going to take a picture, a link is going to pop up, click on that link and it goes straight to the website.”

Here is the type of information that will be available:

  • Location of lifeguard towers & stands
  • Which stands are open
  • Swimming risks
  • Marine-life activity
  • Surf conditions & wave height
  • Water temperature
  • Tide Times
  • Rules & Regulations

The Watchtower Digital Command Center will also allow lifeguards to communicate with the public in real-time.

Reed said, “Whether it be water rescues, missing persons, jellyfish stings, minor/major medical situations in certain areas, problem areas, we’re going to have real-time information to provide to the public and to provide to the city administration and city personnel.”

This service is available even if you are not on the beach. If you need to check conditions before leaving you can do that from your mobile device or computer. Just go to safebeachday.com.

You can also sign up to receive text alerts.

For more information about Beach Patrol for the City of North Myrtle Beach click here.

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