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Rip Currents And The Jersey Shore LBI
What are rip currents?
-Rip currents are channelized currents of water flowing away from shore at beaches.
-Rip currents typically form at breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as jetties and piers.
-Rip currents are quite common and can be found on many surf beaches every day, including Great Lakes beaches.
Why are rip currents dangerous?
-Rip currents pull people away from shore
-Rip current speeds can vary from moment to moment and can quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf.
-Rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.
What are some clues that a rip current may be present?
-A channel of churning, choppy water
-A difference in water color
-A line of foam, seaweed or debris moving seaward
-A break in the incoming wave pattern
What if I'm caught in a rip current?
-Don't fight the current
-Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle-away from the current-toward shore.
-If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
-If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore,, call or wave for help.
How do I help someone else?
Don't become a victim while trying to help someone else!
Many people have died in efforts to rescue rip current victims.
-Get help from a lifeguard
-If a lifeguard is not present, yell instructions on how to escape
-If possible, throw the rip current victim something that floats
-Call 9-1-1 for further assistance.
Most of all be safe, stay aware and have a safe summer.
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