Saturday, June 8th, 2013
I thought this was great information for ocean swimmers.
The water looks ready for a swim, but there may be a danger awaiting those who enter.
This potentially deadly force is the #1 safety threat at beaches – it’s called a rip current.
Rip currents are fast, powerful channels of water flowing away from the beach and out past the breaking waves. And before you realize it, you can get dragged out far from the shore.
They can be really hard to spot, so exercise caution fi you see the following:
If you get caught in one:
If you can’t escape it:
If you see someone caught in one, DO NOT try to rescue them yourself, instead:
These things may help you save a life.
The ocean can be a source of fun and excitement, but you should always be careful of hazards that exist. Only swim at lifeguard protected beaches. Before your next trip to the beach, know how to spot a rip current and how to break the grip of the rip.
Source: From the Grip of the Rip