Heading to the Coast: Watch for Rip Currents

By  | 

The United States Lifesaving Association says this number exceeds the death toll of tornadoes and flooding.

Rip currents are powerful channels of dark water flowing away from shore. These currents can drag you out to sea.

Officials from the National Weather Service say there are a few safety tips you can follow when diving into the big blue.

"Try and swim parallel with the coast, parallel to the shore and then you should be able to come back in, if you get to tired or the rip is too strong tread water", said Irv Watson, Science Officer with the National Weather Service.

Watson says recognizing the danger of rip currents is the greatest safety precaution, and always remember to swim at beaches with life guards.