Water safety station program started in Surf City

SURF CITY, N.C. (WITN) -Safety improvements are coming to one Eastern Carolina beach.

The Surf City Fire Department says it will be installing 39 water safety stations at beach accesses.

The fire department says that they had help from the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation, Eagle Scout Charlie Medlin, and his fellow scouts in Surf City Troop 777.

The water safety stations will feature signs to educate beachgoers on ocean condition flag descriptions, water conditions, emergency procedures, the location of the station, and a rescue floatation can.

Every access will provide beachgoers with essential tools and information for a safe beach experience.

Beachgoers will be updated on the current water conditions with ocean condition flags, while rescue flotation devices will also be available to bystanders in an emergency.

To support this initiative, the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation is inviting community members and businesses to sponsor a water safety station for $250.

To sponsor a water safety station, you can click this link.