Coast Guard Reminds Swimmers of Dangers of Rip Currents

By KBJR News 1

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- As summer approaches authorities want to remind you about rip current safety.

Sunday kicked off Rip Current Awareness week...the week dedicated to informing people about how to react in the event of a rip current.

Officials say rip currents count for 80 percent of water related rescues and the best defense for escaping a current is to avoid panicking and by swimming parallel.

"The thing to know is that if you're caught in a rip current, stay calm, if you can swim parallel out of the current not against the current back to the beach, but what you want to do is swim parallel to the beach," said Mike Consie of the Duluth Fire Department.

Officials add that rip currents will not pull swimmers underwater and the best method of safety is to swim near life guarded beaches.

Written by Jeremy Brickley
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