A trip to the ocean comes with its risks, including rip currents. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents cause more than 100 deaths at beaches in the U.S. each year. The group says rip currents account for more than 80% of rescues on the beach.
Though you may find yourself in a potentially deadly moment, experts say the first tip to surviving getting caught in a rip current is staying calm.
Next, experts say don't fight the current. Instead, swim with it. Swim in a direction following the shoreline until you are free. Once you free yourself from the rip current's grip, swim at an angle, away from the current, to the shore.
If you can't swim your way out, experts say, float or tread water.
You can read about how rip currents form at www.noaawatch.gov.
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