Risk High For Rip Currents

The threat for high rip currents will continue along the coast Saturday.

Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. Rip currents most typically form at low spots or breaks in sandbars, and also near structures like piers.

Danny Schell with Emerald Isle Beach Patrol says if you're caught in a rip current, "Remain calm, but that is incredibly difficult to do when you have something pulling you away from beach. The rip will eventually dissipate. Try to ride it out."

Emerald Isle Beach Patrol says by riding it out you can swim with the wind and the current parallel to the shore until you no longer feel the rip.


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