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Red Flags Flying

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 28 June 2012 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

Seen at a deserted lifeguard station on Anna Maria Island, in the grip of Tropical Storm Debby. Red flags mean NO SWIMMING - don't go in the water. Foolish tourists and sometimes locals ignore these at their own peril; the undertow currents can be murderous.

NIKON D80 1/2000 second F/5.6 ISO 500 300 mm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Even a non-swimmer like me knows what this means . . . people make foolish mistakes, sadly.

28 Jun 2012 7:12am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Powerful image. Stark and bold and strong. I remember those flags though they were not often in S. California. I was one of the girls who defied it. Undercurrents are tricky and subtle. We saw a lifeguard swimming toward us and then noticed undertow had taken out real far. Silly girls. Be safe and may Debbie defuse soon.

28 Jun 2012 12:44pm

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Read about fires in Colorado, and now this. Hope you and family are keeping fine.

28 Jun 2012 2:40pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Excellently blunt warning image. Thankfully the sun is back with us and the recovery process is underway for so many. Our Pine Island Beach is closed indefinitely until it has been refurbished/repaired/made safe.

28 Jun 2012 2:48pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,Old West Wales boy, Germany

Tell me about those fooliosh tourists !! My home county of Pembrokeshire lies on the coast and the Summer visitors are always getting thenselves into trouble !!

28 Jun 2012 5:12pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

These types of situations always seem to attract the lunatic fringe who believe that these warnings do not apply to them! In some ways this is good as it helps clean out the shallow end of the gene pool! Nicely captured Glenn! ;-)

28 Jun 2012 6:56pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Why even be near the water in such a storm?

29 Jun 2012 3:57am

1/2000 second
ISO 500
300 mm