Rip Currents And The Jersey Shore LBI

Dated: 05/30/2017

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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?

-Stay calm

-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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Alyson Cinquemani

I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, I enjoyed raising my kids in the town I grew up in and visiting the Jersey Shore in the summer. As soon as my youngest graduated high school and we....

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