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The Dangers of Rip Currents
Transcript of The Dangers of Rip Currents
Rip currents can be very deadly, and take countless lives per year. Death usually occurs by drowning, not being pulled under the water's surface.
How to Spot One
Rip currents can be defined at areas of choppy water, discolored water, a path of seaweed/random items heading seaward, or a break in waves.
Annual Deaths in The Great Lakes
Year 2012: 48 people
Year 2013: 21 people
Year 2014: 19 people
What Drowning Looks Like
Drowning is not a dramatic thing, it is not a loud event that everyone notices. Usually the victim's head falters under the water and is unable to resurface. 80% of the people trying to save someone drowning, ends up drowning too.
Where Rip Currents Form
Rip currents usually form at the dips of a sandbar or the bends around rocks/piers.
How to Get Out of a Rip Current
Don't fight the current, you'll just tire and be unable to swim any longer. Swim parallel to the shore until you feel the pull lessen on you.