Lifeguards pulled 11 swimmers from the water at north and central county beaches Sunday as rip currents created problems in the waves along Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Five swimmers were rescued at Carlin Park in Jupiter and three near the Juno Beach pier, said Chuck Price, north county supervisor for Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue. None of the swimmers needed to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Three others — all juveniles — were rescued from rip currents at the Lake Worth Pier later Sunday, said Capt. Alberto Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. All three were taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach for follow-up treatment, Borroto said.
Winds out of the east could be lighter Monday, which would make rip currents less powerful, but swimmers should remain cautious, Price said. Although Sunday’s number of rescues was high, Price said that was likely because of the large crowds at the beach for the Memorial Day weekend.
“We’ve had stronger rip days,” Price said. “But it was just the volume of people in the water.”
The National Weather Service has issued a high rip-current risk for the remainder of the week and recommends against swimming.
A minor cold front will keep temperatures remarkably dry and moderate today, with a high near 80 degrees, the National Weather Service said. It will be breezy, with an east wind between 13-17 mph and gusts as high as 23 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of showers after 3 p.m.
The threat of rip currents wasn’t stopping some people from hitting the beaches Sunday — or some from being injured.
Two people sustained minor injuries from an accident involving a boat propeller near Singer Island. Both were treated on scene.
The weather couldn’t be much better for just being outdoors today — but it’s unlikely to last, the weather service said.
“As we move toward midweek, the temperatures are going to rebound along with the return of moisture,” said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. Today will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. The rain chance increases to 50 percent on Tuesday.
“We have one more relatively dry day and then as everyone returns to work, so does the moisture,” Caracozza said.
The surf likely will remain small and sloppy Monday.
“The surf is small, but it’s trying to get there,” Carlos Diaz, a surfer who works at Ground Swell Surf Shop in Juno Beach, said Sunday afternoon. “Skim boarding and boogie boarding, for sure.”