The National Weather Service has declared this week as Rip Current Awareness Week. As we head into the summer months it is important to be aware of the dangers that exist at times within the water.
A rip current is a strong narrow current that moves away from shore. Some rip currents can reach speeds faster than an Olympic swimmer sprinting, as fast as 8 feet per second. The National Weather Service has informative videos and graphics on their website which can be found by clicking here.
The United States Lifesaving Association states that 80 percent of surf beach rescues are attributed to rip currents, and more than 100 people die annually from drowning in rip currents. Rip currents kill more people per year than shark attacks and lightning combined.
Rip currents are very dangerous and can occur on the nicest of weather days. Please pay attention to forecasts and updates on the expected rip current threat. The region has already seen several rescues this season due to these currents. The current rip current threat today June 3 for the Delmarva beaches is moderate, so please be careful.
*If you're ever stuck in a rip current, do NOT swim against the current. Swim parallel to shore and you'll eventually get out of it. If that fails, lay on your back and let the current pull you until the pull stops. And of course, if need be, wave your arms in the air and yell for a lifeguards help.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:33:01 GMT
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