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Another Day Of Rough Surf At NJ Beaches

The waters were rough on Saturday along the Jersey Shore with lifeguards busy pulling swimmers out of the watter.

Sunday may be a quieter day as temperatures will not get out of the 70s along the beach with the sun not expected to come out until afternoon.

Belmar surf on Sunday morning
Belmar surf on Sunday morning (Mary Dunham, Shore Shot Images)

11 people were rescued in 9 seperate incidents by Seaside Heights lifeguards attributed to  strong currents  Jay Boyd, chief of Seaside Heights beach lifeguards tells the Asbury Park Press.

MORE: Medical Waste Washes Up On Long Beach Island Beaches

PHOTO: Courtesy Mary Dunham, Shore Shot Images Photography

No warnings or advisories were  issued for rip currents by the National Weather Service for the weekend.

There have been 3  fatal drownings on the Jersey Shore within the past several weeks in Long Branch, Bradley Beach and Atlantic City in which strong underwater currents were cited as pulling swimmers under the water.

Protect yourself by learning how to spot a rip current so you can stay safe at the beach this summer.

WHAT IS A RIP CURRENT?

According to the National Weather Service, rip currents can occur along any coastline that features breaking waves. Scientific investigations of wave and current interactions along the coast have shown that rip currents are likely present on most beaches every day as a component of the complex pattern of nearshore circulation.

As waves travel from deep to shallow water, they eventually break near the shoreline. As waves break, they generate currents that flow in both the offshore (away from the coast) and the alongshore directions. Currents flowing away from the coast are called rip currents.

Rip current
How rip currents form (NOAA)

How to Identify Rip Currents

Look for a channel of churning or choppy water or an area with a recognizable difference in water color. Pay attention to any lines of foam, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward or any breaks in incoming wave patterns.

Signs that a rip current is present are very subtle and difficult for the average beachgoer to identify. Look for differences in the water color, water motion, incoming wave shape or breaking point compared to adjacent conditions. Look for any of these clues:

  • Channel of churning, choppy water
  • Area having a notable difference in water color
  • Line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward
  • Break in the incoming wave pattern
  • One, all or none the clues may be visible.

What To Do If You Get Caught In A Rip Current

  • Try to remain calm to conserve energy.
  • Don’t fight the current.
  • Think of it like a treadmill you can’t turn off. You want to step to the side of it.
  • Swim across the current in a direction following the shoreline.
  • When out of the current, swim and angle away from the current and towards shore.
  • If you can’t escape this way, try to float or calmly tread water. Rip current strength eventually subsides offshore. When it does, swim towards shore.
  • If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.

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