The New Rules for Protecting Yourself in a Rip Current

Forget everything you've learned about saving yourself in a rip current. Janet Carbin knows what she's talking about. She's been the chief lifeguard in Spring Lake, New Jersey, for 14 years. Many people have died trying to get out of rip currents or while trying to save others. Ali Joy lost her husband, Charles, on Father's Day weekend last year. The old advice was to swim perpendicular to shore until you got out of the rip. However, experts now say that's not the best advice! If you're caught up in a rip current, the best thing you can do is float. Don't fight the current, and don't exert too much energy. Floating along with it is your best bet for staying alive:

 

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