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Evan Anderson, Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue squad leader, places a sign in the sand closing the beach to swimming on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Carolina Beach, N.C., because of strong rip currents. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Matt Born)
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Evan Anderson, Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue squad leader, places a sign in the sand closing the beach to swimming on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Carolina Beach, N.C., because of strong rip currents. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Matt Born)

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