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Rip currents

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kierstin campbell

on 6 May 2015

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Transcript of Rip currents

Rip currents
Every year rip currents continue to claim lives on all of the Great Lakes.
Rip currents are channeled currents of water flowing away from shore at surf beaches. Typically, they extend from near the shoreline, through the surf zone and past the line of breaking waves. Often perpendicular to shore.Rip currents can vary greatly in width. They can be as narrow as 10or 20 feet, though, they may be up to ten times wider.
What to do if your caught in one
Remain calm and remember to not fight the current. conserve energy; don't fight the current; swim across the current parallel to the shoreline; when out of the current, swim an angle away from the current and toward shore; if you can't escape, try to float or tread water until the current subsides then swim to shore; if you can't reach shore, face the shore, wave your arms and yell for help to draw attention
The Dangers of Rip currents
Every year more than 100 beachgoers drown in these strong rushes of water that pull swimmers away from the shore. And that's just in the United States. Nearly half of all rescues made by lifeguards at ocean beaches are related to rip currents, according to the United States Lifesaving Association. Sharks typically kill about 6 people a year globally.These strong and often very localized currents are capable of carrying unsuspecting swimmers out to sea. Rip currents are half the reason why there are so many deaths in the great lakes
What drowning looks like
A drowning person instinctively extends her arms to the sides and presses down to lift her mouth out of the water; a child may extend her arms forward. A drowning person remains upright in the water, with no evidence of kicking Eyes are glassy, unable to focus, or closed.Hair may be over forehead or eyes. Most important indicator that someone is drowning is that she doesn’t look like she’s drowning

How to detect them
Signs that a rip current is present can be difficult for a person to detect. Looking for differences in water color, water motion, a break in the incoming wave pattern or a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward can help to detect a rip current.
By Kierstin Campbell
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