Destin Beach Safety looks to save lives on a tight budget: On a warm but windy Wednesday afternoon, Destin Beach Safety Lifeguard Officer Jourdan Perrin drove down the beach on an ATV, scanning the water for swimmers.
The chilly wind kept people out of the water, but a group of adventurous spring breakers holding red Solo cups had waded past the first sand bar and were jumping over incoming waves.
“We see people like that going out a little bit further and further, and you just want to make sure you’re close by, watching them,” Perrin said as she parked her ATV on the sand and eyed the swimmers. “Just watch their body language and how they’re swimming. All of those things come into play when looking for a potential safety situation.”