Lifeguards still on duty in Walton County

SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Official lifeguard season may be over, but South Walton Fire District lifeguards aren't leaving the beach just yet.

"During the month of October, I have a small crew. We are doing de-mobilization and preparing all of our equipment for the next season so I've got a small crew out there and of course on days like this [nice days] we're dropping everything and still patrolling," said SWFD Beach Safety Director, David Vaughan.

According to beach safety officials, the beach and water are still warm, which keeps beachgoers flocking to the shore.

"As long as the weather stays like this I'm going to going ahead and keep putting [lifeguards out there]. As long as people are on the beaches and the weather stays nice there is a chance for situations to develop and put resources out there and protect the public, educate the public," Vaughan said.

Officials also said for the month of October, they've already made multiple rescues, including one Monday morning.

"Last year we had 14 in the month of October, this year we've already had nine and I would expect we will get a couple more," Vaughan added.

Vaughan said he also asks everyone to remember to be aware of the beach flag warnings before going into the water.

"We just want to encourage people to stay aware and obey the flag system. The Gulf of Mexico is always a risk so take it seriously," he said.