Rip Currents Rip Current Myths
Rip Current Myth
According to the National Weather Service, a rip current is a horizontal current. Rip currents do not pull people under the water--they pull people away from shore. Drowning deaths occur when people pulled offshore are unable to keep themselves afloat and swim to shore. This may be due to any combination of fear, panic, exhaustion, or lack of swimming skills.
How to look for a rip current:
How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents
Learn how to swim!
SOURCE: NOAA.gov. Rip Current Safety.
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