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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
516 AM EDT WED JUN 10 2015

...NATIONAL RIP CURRENT AWARENESS WEEK IN THE UNITED STATES...

FOR FAMILIES THAT ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER...IT
IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THE DANGERS OF RIP CURRENTS BEFORE SWIMMING
IN THE OCEAN.  THE MAJORITY OF RIP FATALITIES EACH YEAR ARE VISITORS
FROM NON-COASTAL LOCATIONS.  RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CURRENTS OF
WATER MOVING AWAY FROM SHORE AND ARE THE LEADING SURF HAZARD FOR ALL
BEACHGOERS...ESPECIALLY FOR WEAK OR NON-SWIMMERS.  ACCORDING TO THE
UNITED STATES LIFESAVING ASSOCIATION...80 PERCENT OF SURF BEACH
RESCUES ARE ATTRIBUTED TO RIP CURRENTS AND MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE DIE
ANNUALLY FROM DROWNING WHEN THEY ARE UNABLE TO ESCAPE A RIP CURRENT.

RIP CURRENTS FORM WHEN WAVES BREAK NEAR THE SHORELINE...PILING UP
WATER BETWEEN THE BREAKING WAVES AT THE BEACH.  ONE OF THE WAYS THIS
WATER RETURNS TO SEA IS TO FORM A RIP CURRENT...A NARROW JET OF WATER
THE MOVES SWIFTLY OFFSHORE...ROUGHLY PERPENDICULAR TO THE SHORELINE.
UNDER MOST TIDE AND SEA CONDITIONS THE SPEEDS ARE RELATIVELY SLOW...
HOWEVER UNDER CERTAIN WAVE...TIDE AND BEACH PROFILE CONDITIONS...THE
SPEEDS CAN QUICKLY INCREASE TO BECOME DANGEROUS TO ANYONE ENTERING THE
SURF...EVEN THE MOST EXPERIENCED SWIMMERS. RIP CURRENTS CAN BE VERY
NARROW OR EXTEND IN WIDTHS TO HUNDREDS OF YARDS. THE SEAWARD PULL OF RIP
CURRENTS VARIES FROM JUST BEYOND THE LINE OF BREAKING WAVES TO HUNDREDS
OF YARDS OFFSHORE.

SOME OF THE CLUES BEACHGOERS CAN USE TO IDENTIFY RIP CURRENTS INCLUDE:
A CHANNEL OF CHURNING CHOPPY WATER...AN AREA HAVING A NOTABLE DIFFERENCE
IN WATER COLOR...A LINE OF FOAM...SEAWEED OR DEBRIS MOVING STEADILY
SEAWARD...OR A BREAK IN THE INCOMING WAVE PATTERN. THE ABOVE CLUES MAY
OR MAY NOT INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF RIP CURRENTS AND RIP CURRENTS ARE
OFTEN NOT READILY OR EASILY IDENTIFIABLE TO THE AVERAGE BEACHGOER. IF
YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF RIP CURRENTS OCCURRING IN
THE SURF...IT IS BEST TO ASK AN ON DUTY LIFEGUARD BEFORE ENTERING THE
WATER.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...REMAIN CALM TO CONSERVE ENERGY
AND THINK CLEARLY. NEVER FIGHT AGAINST THE CURRENT. SWIM OUT OF THE
CURRENT IN A DIRECTION PARALLEL TO THE SHORELINE. WHEN OUT OF THE
CURRENT...SWIM AT AN ANGLE AWAY FROM THE CURRENT AND TOWARD THE SHORE.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SWIM OUT OF THE CURRENT...FLOAT OR CALMLY TREAD
WATER. WHEN OUT OF THE CURRENT...SWIM TOWARD SHORE. IF YOU ARE UNABLE
TO REACH SHORE...DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF BY WAVING YOUR ARMS AND
YELLING FOR HELP.

IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN TROUBLE...DON`T BECOME A VICTIM YOURSELF...MANY
PEOPLE DROWN WHILE TRYING TO SAVE SOMEONE ELSE FROM A RIP CURRENT. GET
HELP FROM A LIFEGUARD...OR IF ONE IS UNAVAILABLE...HAVE SOMEONE CALL 911.
THROW THE RIP CURRENT VICTIM SOMETHING THAT FLOATS SUCH AS A LIFE JACKET...
COOLER OR INFLATABLE BALL. YELL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ESCAPE.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT UNDER ANY CONDITIONS RIP CURRENTS CAN OCCUR
AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SWIM AND TO HEED THE ADVICE OF BEACH
PATROL BEFORE ENTERING THE SURF.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RIP CURRENTS...PLEASE VISIT
WWW.RIPCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV OR IF YOU ARE AT THE BEACH...ASK A LIFEGUARD.

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