Rip Current Risks

Shore-goers, be careful.

Rip currents are posing a moderate threat this weekend, so boaters and swimmers beware.
The moderate risk is mostly along the Delaware River and the bay, says meteorologist Bill Henley. Spotty minor tidal flooding is possible around high tide tonight, according to Bill.
Swimmers at the beach should only go into the ocean when lifeguards are on duty. 

NBC10's Sheena Parveen shared the following tips for beach-goers:

  • Never swim alone.
  • Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach.
  • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
  • If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
  • Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself:  face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
  • If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1 . Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.
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