MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) - Police have closed beaches to swimming on South Carolina's north coast after six swimmers were rescued from rip currents caused by Hurricane Irene moving toward the area.
Lt. Jack Stewart of the Horry County Police said the swimmers were rescued Thursday between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.
The beaches in unincorporated areas of northern Horry County were then closed to swimmers. People are still allowed to walk along the beach.
Rip currents pull swimmers out to sea. Experts say anyone caught in a rip current needs to swim parallel to the shore until they make it out of the current. Trying to swim against a rip current will just take a swimmer farther out.
More rip currents are expected along the South Carolina coast as Irene approaches.