With high tides, harsh currents and big waves, most people heeded the call to stay out of the water along Jacksonville Beach.
There were plenty who came out to see the effects of Isaac between yesterday and today.
“There were many, many, many people on the pier yesterday just walking out to look at the water, many people on the crossover- the dune crossover,” says Linda Cardwell, who works at the Jacksonville Beach Pier.
But that’s not to say we were completely without incident. Cardwell saw a few surfers venture in to the water yesterday, but they didn’t stay long because the waves were too intense, and not the right kind of waves for surfers.
She says one person even jumped from the pier in to the water. He wasn’t hurt, and in fact swam away so that when police arrived he could not be caught.
The water was much busier today. Cardwell says there were more surfers and spectators alike, but she hopes they know exactly what dangers water like this can pose.
“Even knee deep, you could be swept away in a heartbeat,” she says.
She says the barnacles can be especially dangerous because if you get swept in to the area, you could easily be “shredded” by the points.