There are two storms headed toward the East Coast – Tropical Depression Erin and Hurricane Dorian – which could churn up the ocean over the next several days, leading to dangerous rip currents for swimmers. The American Red Cross wants everyone to be safe at the beach and has steps you should follow if caught in a rip current.
Swimmers are urged to swim only at a beach with a lifeguard and obey all instructions from the lifeguards. The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that rip currents account for more than 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards.
WHAT ARE RIP CURRENTS? They are powerful currents of water flowing away from shore. Rip currents usually extend from the shoreline past the line of breaking waves, and can occur at any beach with breaking waves, even on large lakes.
Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:
LEARN TO SWIM Whether you’re going to be in or around the water, it’s important to be water competent. The Red Cross offers swim classes for people of all ages and abilities. Find out more here. We also have a Swim App which promotes water safety education and helps parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim. The app has features specifically designed for children, including a variety of kid-friendly games, videos and quizzes. Download the app by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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