Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
345 AM EDT FRI JUN 12 2015

THE FOLLOWING IS THE SIXTH IN THE SERIES OF SEVEN DAILY SURF ZONE
AWARENESS PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

RIP CURRENTS CAN BE KILLERS AND ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF
RESCUES PERFORMED BY BEACH LIFEGUARDS. RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL
CHANNELED CURRENTS OF WATER FLOWING AWAY FROM SHORE THAT QUICKLY
PULL SWIMMERS OUT TO SEA.  THEY TYPICALLY EXTEND FROM THE BEACH
THROUGH THE SURF ZONE AND PAST THE BREAKING WAVES.  THE BEST WAY TO
STAY SAFE IS TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGER OF RIP CURRENTS AND ALWAYS
REMEMBER TO SWIM AT BEACHES WITH LIFEGUARDS.

ANOTHER BEACH HAZARD NOT OFTEN DISCUSSED IS,  SHORE BREAK.

A SHORE BREAK IS AN OCEAN CONDITION WHEN WAVES BREAK DIRECTLY ON THE
SHORE.  SHORE BREAKS ARE UNPREDICTABLE AND DANGEROUS.  THEY HAVE
CAUSED MANY SERIOUS NECK AND SPINAL INJURIES TO BOTH EXPERIENCED AND
INEXPERIENCED BODY SURFERS AND SWIMMERS.  BOTH SMALL AND HIGH SURF
CAN BE EQUALLY AS DANGEROUS AND CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
BE SURE TO ASK A LIFEGUARD ABOUT WAVE CONDITIONS AT THE BEACH,

TOMORROW, WE `LL DISCUSS LIGHTNING AS A BEACH HAZARD.

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