Rip Currents Are
A Major Threat At Ocean Beaches
Contact: Steve Adams
NH Sea Grant
July 7, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Rip currents, channelized currents of water flowing
away from shore, account for 80 percent of the rescues performed
by lifeguards at surf beaches. These currents, which can quickly
change speed, can pull even a strong swimmer out to sea.
Rip currents can be very narrow or more than 50 yards wide. They
do not pull people under water, they pull them away from shore.
If you're ever caught in one, stay calm and swim in a direction
following the shoreline until you're out of the current.
NOAA's National Weather Service, National Sea Grant College Program,
and the U.S. Lifesaving Association are working to educate the
public on the dangers of rip currents. For a copy of their brochure “Break
the Grip of the Rip,” contact Steve Adams, NH Sea Grant communications
coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.749.1565.