Lifeguards Rescue 22 People at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service lifeguards say they saved 22 people Sunday at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Virginia-Pilot reports that the lifeguards were on high-alert after strong rip currents led officials to set knee-deep wading restrictions the entire day.

Lifeguard supervisor Jay Leach says rip currents were actually worse Saturday, but cloudy skies and scattered showers staved off would-be beachgoers that day.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a coastal hazard warning for high rip-current risk and dangerous shorebreak alerts along Virginia Beach, the northern Outer Banks and the Eastern Shore, including Assateague and Ocean City, Maryland.

Shorebreak occurs when waves break directly on the beach, potentially causing neck and head injuries, according to the National Weather Service.

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