Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer away from shore.
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- Don’t fight the current. Try and relax. Rip currents don’t pull you under
- Don’t swim against the current.
- Swim out of the current, then to shore
- If you can’t escape, float or treat water
- If you need help, yell or wave for assistance
CBSMiami.com also recommends the following tips to avoid getting caught in rip currentsREAD MORE: Fort Lauderdale Shaken Baby Case From 1984 Leads To Murder Charge
- Swim in a supervised area
- Heed warning flags
- Never swim alone
- If in doubt, don’t go out
- Swim sober; no beer or alcohol is allowed on the beach
- Leash your surfboard
- Don’t use floats where you can’t swim
Yellow and purple warning flags are used at lifeguard stands to warn against hazardous conditions in the water.MORE NEWS: Two Men Arrested In 2016 Murder Of FIU Student
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