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Pensacola Beach lifeguards rescue 127 swimmers
PENSACOLA BEACH -- Even though we hardly saw the sun this holiday weekend, that didn't stop people from visiting Pensacola beach.
Lifeguards were busy rescuing a record breaking 127 people from the Gulf.
Today the weather looks much different here on Pensacola beach from this weekend. The sun is shining and there are tons of people in the water. Lifeguards on Pensacola beach say they can't recall a time when the beach was so crowded during nasty weather.
127-people were pulled from the water …but why? Yellow flags were flying.
"There was just a lot of non-swimmers... a lot of non-swimmers. It was amazing a lot of our lifeguards were amazed of how many people couldn't swim, couldn't doggie paddle," Andrew Edwards.
Ashlyn Sullivan said, “I don't think you should get in the water if you can't swim especially if you get caught in a rip tide or current or something probably not a smart idea."
Hilary Louder and her family choose to swim near the lifeguard stand... Louder says she can swim but not well in the Gulf.
Loudar said, "The ocean scares me. The waves and the jelly fish and everything. If you can't swim in the gulf.. don't go in the water and second of all ask us where to go, we can point out a sandbar and you'll have a great day."
Nearly 30 lifeguards worked this weekend even standing in the water waiting to pull people from the current.
So why not turn the yellow flags to red?
"The red flag days those are for really, really big surf, really bad rip currents. Where we need to let everybody know it's extremely dangerous out there, but no it was knee to thigh surf it wasn't that big."
Stacey Ourso said, "Well the lifeguards are trained to do what they do."
You might want to stand next to these guys this weekend if you plan on coming to the beach to enjoy the air show.