Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Heavy Surf & Rip Current Threat

Hurricane Igor will not directly affect the First Coast but indirect effects will be felt. Waves on the order of 7-9 feet will happen on coastal beaches from Saturday until Monday. Along with the heavy surf rip currents will be at high level for the next week.

If caught in a rip current:

  • Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
  • Never fight against the current.
  • Think of it like a treadmill that cannot be turned off, which you need to step to the side of.
  • Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle--away from the current--towards shore.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are still unable to reach

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