Gulf Shores Reopens Beaches Despite Deadly Rip Currents

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By Alabama News Network

Beaches in Gulf Shores have reopened under yellow-flag conditions after being closed when four men drowned in dangerous rip currents.

Gulf Shores officials on Monday had posted double red flags on all beaches in the city, meaning that extremely hazardous conditions are present and all waters are closed to the public.

The beaches were re-opened Tuesday under yellow-flag conditions, meaning that moderate surf and/or currents were present, and swimmers should use caution, according to a telephone hotline for information on beach conditions.

The men who drowned were from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.

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