Rip Currents: Danger at the Beach
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Headed to the beach this summer? Did you know that according to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, rip currents along the beach claim more lives than hurricanes, tornadoes, lightening, flooding, and any other type of weather-related death except for heat? Before you take the plunge, find out what your family should do to stay safe when water safety advocate, WebMD's Sandee LaMotte, and B. Chris Brewster, president of the U.S. Lifesaving Association, joined us to answer your questions on May 26.
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Like we had done for 10 years before, we played in the water at the shoreline. It was about 6:00 p.m. I left to start dinner. But Ryan, my 12-year-old son, got into trouble on his boogie board and could not exit the waves. So at the time, I didn't know any of this, I didn't know that Larry, my husband, had told my daughter Krysta to go back to the shore and then started to swim the couple of arm's length that it would take to get to Ryan.
It was at that point that he must have hit a rip current, because the next thing Ryan knew there was no daddy. Thanks to some brave people on the shore, they helped Ryan do what should have happened, which is paddle parallel and get out farther down the beach. Then both kids came running to find me. By the time I got there, Larry was gone.
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