"Rip currents are powerful currents of water that move away from the shore. They account for 100 deaths at U.S. beaches annually," according to AccuWeather.
What is a rip current? It's a relatively strong narrow current flowing outward from the beach, through the surf zone.
Remember these points:
- Don't fight the current
- Swim parallel to the shore until outside of the current
- Swimmers who fight the current can become exhausted