NYC warns beachgoers of high rip current risk ahead of busy holiday weekend

Officials are reminding all beachgoers not to swim on beaches lined with red flags where lifeguards are not present.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2023, 10:20 AM

Updated 320 days ago

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With the holiday weekend fast approaching many New Yorkers are gearing up to head to the beach to soak up the last bit of summer.
However, the city is warning all beachgoers that there is a high risk of life-threatening rip currents.   The water off Coney Island is visibly rough.
Even though Hurricane Franklin will miss us – the impacts are felt at the beaches.
The National Weather Service has issued a high rip current risk starting this morning through tonight which means the water is off limits.
Officials say entering the water could lead to injury of even death.
This year has already witnessed tragic incidents at local beaches, including a 15-year-old boy's disappearance off Coney Island and the drowning of a 19-year-old at Jacob Riis Park Beach at the end of July.
The National Weather Service reports a total of 67 American fatalities attributed to rip currents thus far in the year.
Rip currents can sweep even the strongest of swimmers.
Identifying these powerful currents is essential. Experts advise watching for darker, narrower water channels that flow from the shoreline through areas of breaking waves and white water.
In case one becomes trapped in a rip current, specialists recommend staying composed and conserving energy. Rather than attempting to swim against the current, it's best to swim parallel to the shoreline. If escape remains elusive, raising your voice and signaling for assistance is encouraged.
Lifeguards stress that anyone planning a beach visit today or throughout the week should diligently observe the flags; if they're red, the water is off limits.


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