GULF SHORES, Ala. – Visitors returned to the popular Gulf Shores beaches Tuesday, one day after they were closed following four drowning deaths in a two-day span.
One of the four men who died in the dangerous rip currents is from Bossier, Louisiana.
People who were enjoying the beach on Tuesday said they can’t help but think of their fellow vacationers who came to the beach to have a good time and met with tragedy.
While the beaches were packed Tuesday, yellow flags flapping in the breeze let beachgoers know that the possibility of dangerous rip currents still exists.
“We were here the past couple of days and it was pretty bad,” said Randall Grammer of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “You could kind of feel the undertow pulling your feet out from under you. It was pretty bad.”
Spokesman Grant Brown said his city had no choice but to close the beaches.
“(It was) to be able to focus on the people, to keep them out of the water versus having to go into the water after people and get them out.”
Brown said it was the first time Gulf Shores had to close its beaches except for the approach of a hurricane or tropical storm.
“I don’t remember ever having to do a water proclamation for just a general low system that was coming through our area,” he said.
“It’s a shame that they came down here for a vacation and to have fun and they have to go home in sadness and misery,” said Vicky Landry of Franklin, Louisiana.
The conditions also closed beaches along the Florida panhandle from Destin to Panama City. Those beaches have also reopened.