How to survive a rip current

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Monday, July 23, 2018
How to survive a rip current
ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann explains how to survive a rip current.

Rip currents are fairly common on our coast and they can be extremely dangerous but if you know what to do to stay safe you'll be just fine if you get caught up in one.

"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