Black Sunday revisited

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM.

"You can tell them it's risky and dangerous, but they are still going to put themselves in danger and others at risk."

A beach safety perspective

As for Black Sunday, Wise told The Sun that he and his son were at the beach near Pompano Joe's "checking out the surf." As the morning unfolded, the rip currents began to gain strength, Wise said.

"It was a combination of strong flow from one direction, the wind blowing onshore, and it was one of those situations were there were so many outgoing rip currents that people didn't know when or where to go," he said. "They didn't know whether or not to go in the water."

Leading up to that day, Wise said the weather had been pretty bad, so the group of visitors that was already in town had "cabin fever" and wanted to get into the water since it was sunny that Sunday. Combine that with new visitors coming to town who were not aware of the earlier turbulent conditions, and "everything had conspired for a dangerous situation."

For Wise, the only thing to do was to try and warn as many people as possible about the conditions. At one point, he even saw people on the beach walking around someone who had been pulled from the water and was being administered CPR, and then they would head toward the water.

"It was just a complete lack of respect for what was happening at the time," Wise told The Sun.

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