When You See This Happening At The Beach, Be Sure This Isn’t Where You Go Into The Water
According to the LA Times, beach lifeguards rescued more than 400 swimmers in L.A. County in a single day this week, from dangerous rip currents.
Rescue boats conducted a “blitz” rescue at Venice Beach, pulling as many as 18 people from the water at the same time.
Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent on all coasts of the U.S., as well as the shores of the Great Lakes. As waves travel from deeper to shallow water, they break near the shoreline, causing a current both in and out. If the shore line has a gap in the sandbar, the current flowing out will rush to this gap — like water down a drain.
Rip currents are especially terrifying because they catch swimmers off guard.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), every year, lifeguards rescue tens of thousands of people from rip currents, while an estimated 100 beachgoers are killed.
The Vane outlines what to look for when hitting the beach (after checking with the lifeguard on duty):
- Look out for gaps between the waves, which is one of the best indicators. When water looks calms between waves, especially on a choppy day, it is often a rip current.
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