Black Sunday revisited

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM.

How To Identify A Rip Current
One or more of the following features indicate the presence of a rip current:
Darker color surf, indicating deeper water
Murky brown water caused by sand stirred up on the bottom
Smaller unorganized waves, alongside more evenly breaking waves over a sand bar
Waves breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip current

What To Do If You See Someone Else Caught In A Rip Current:
Notify a lifeguard
Have someone call 911, give accurate landmarks
Do not enter the water, you too will be caught in the current
Throw them a flotation device
Try not to lose sight of the victim

What To Do If You’re Caught In A Rip Current:
Don’t panic or swim against the current
Relax, float with the current until it dissipates
Swim parallel to shore and back in
Of course the best way to avoid a rip current is to know the surf conditions before entering the water.



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