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Rip Currents

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Rip Currents

A great article in todays NW FL Daily News. If you are unfamiliar with the flag system or dangers of rip currents please read this.

Flag Warning System:

Double Red Flag: Water is closed to public (dangerous water conditions)

Red Flag: High Hazard (high surf and/or strong currents)

Yellow Flag: Medium Hazard (moderate surf and/or currents)

Green Flag: Low Hazard (calm conditions, exercise caution)

Purple Flag: Marine Pests Present (jellyfish, stingrays, dangerous fish)

CHECK THE FLAGS: For Okaloosa County, visit the Okaloosa County Beach Safety Facebook page. For Walton County, visit www.swfd.org/beach.php. For Santa Rosa County, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov.

How To Identify A Rip Current

One or more of the following features indicate the presence of a rip current:

Darker color surf, indicating deeper water

Murky brown water caused by sand stirred up on the bottom

Smaller unorganized waves, alongside more evenly breaking waves over a sand bar

Waves breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip current

What To Do If You See Someone Else Caught In A Rip Current:

Notify a lifeguard

Have someone call 911, give accurate landmarks

Do not enter the water, you too will be caught in the current

Throw them a flotation device

Try not to lose sight of the victim

What To Do If You’re Caught In A Rip Current:

Don’t panic or swim against the current

Relax, float with the current until it dissipates

Swim parallel to shore and back in

Of course the best way to avoid a rip current is to know the surf conditions before entering the water.

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nwfdailynews.com/local/life-threatening-rip-…

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Thanks for posting that Leena - everyone needs to be aware

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Here's a fascinating tale of why people blunder into rip currents.

…noaa.gov/news/Pages/ripcurrents.aspx

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