Rip Currents ...
Rip currents are fast-moving currents of water that can pull even the strongest swimmer away from the shore. According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, rip currents account for at least 100 deaths each year at U.S. surf beaches. They can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes, and most often form at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures like piers, jetties and groins.
A new online survey from Texas Sea Grant is designed to determine the public’s knowledge about rip currents and the effectiveness of the current warning signs in use at surf beaches around the country. Participating could someday save a life. Learn more here.
More information on Rip Currents education via NOAA at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov or NOAA New York Sea Grant at www.nyseagrant.org/ripcurrents.
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