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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rip currents still danger to all swimmers

With last year being one of the worst in Ocean City for rip currents, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is again reminding people to be aware of their dangers, since they can sweep away even the strongest swimmers.

Last year was one of the deadliest on record in Ocean City: five swimmers died following struggles in rip currents and a sixth died of a broken neck.

Before last year, Ocean City had not reported a death while lifeguards were on duty since 2007.

Rip currents are not just the undertow created by surf rushing in and surf rushing out. While that is part of it, other elements are involved.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Duh, it's not about being a strong swimmer, it's about being a smart swimmer. I've been pulled out in rips that I ended up a mile or two down the beach. It happens. Best thing is not to panic, and don't fight the tide.