Rip Currents

Rip Currents




So far there have been two deaths off Cape Hatteras National Seashore: https://outerbanksvoice.com/2018/06/06/55-year-old-inland-n-c-man-dies-while-swimming-off-frisco/

Whether or not these two men drowned due to rip currents, their deaths are tragic. Rip currents are real and often deceiving. This is a good video: https://youtu.be/bTkG_TMqp18 from UC Berkley. I grew up swimming in the Atlantic off the coast of Long Island and my parents drummed into me the reality of what they called "sea pusses", and yet, in my younger years, I can tell you I did some very foolish swimming down on Hatteras Island. I always review these training videos and usually annoy my family and friends by sending them info like this about rip currents because I love them. "Do as I say, not as I used to do." Safe swimming!


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I'll also throw a pitch for Hatteras Island Rescue Squad's Rip Current Safety and Beach Hazards Class, held every Monday at 9:30 am during the summer at the station (48103 NC-12, Buxton, North Carolina 27920).

https://www.facebook.com/events/2112109442338709/


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I was just going to post this info, Mini. 2 drownings within a few days time is just tragic, and that poor little boy about a month ago in Kitty Hawk.
These stories break my heart. I just can’t imagine going on vacation, and coming home one shy of your party.
Be alert, be savvy, be vigilant, be safe. Always respect the power of the ocean.
Please, my fellow forum readers, if you must go that far into the sea, take a flotation device. A boogie board may actually save your life. And educate yourselves about rips and how to swim out of them.
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Thanks Brad and Judy.


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I heard 2 or 3 water rescues today. I know one was on Hatteras but not sure where the others were except they were not in Kitty or KDH. We have east or NE winds and that is when the rips start ripping. One call was for kids on a boggie board as I recall.


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Appreciate it, Tim - and I sure hope everyone is AOK.

I had missed the video right in the OBX Voice article. It's quite a bit shorter, but still helpful: https://youtu.be/Ro0kzbhbnDs and it's made right in Kill Devil Hills.


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If I got in the ocean, which I don't, one of these would just make sense to me to have.




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If I got in the ocean, which I don't, one of these would just make sense to me to have.

Tim-OBX


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Today> Frisco Beach Drowning> Condolences to the Family!
http://islandfreepress.org/2018Archives/06.06.2018-NorthCarolinaManDiesSwimmingOffofBeachNearFriscoDayUseArea.html





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Rip currents are no game. Thanks for the reminder; no family needs to lose loved ones on their vacation.


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In addition to all the recommended advice I always have a boogie board for each swimmer and tell them they have to put on the leash. I have described an incident on here before about two of my kids that got caught in one years ago. it was definitely part of their survival that day. I have also mentioned that surfers are your friends, especially if it is an unguarded beach. And ask life guards and surfers if they know of any rips where your at. Some are hard if not impossible to see.

Be safe everyone!


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If I got in the ocean, which I don't, one of these would just make sense to me to have.

Tim-OBX


If you change your mind about getting in... go with these

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So far there have been two deaths off Cape Hatteras National Seashore: https://outerbanksvoice.com/2018/06/06/55-year-old-inland-n-c-man-dies-while-swimming-off-frisco/

Whether or not these two men drowned due to rip currents, their deaths are tragic. Rip currents are real and often deceiving. This is a good video: https://youtu.be/bTkG_TMqp18 from UC Berkley. I grew up swimming in the Atlantic off the coast of Long Island and my parents drummed into me the reality of what they called "sea pusses", and yet, in my younger years, I can tell you I did some very foolish swimming down on Hatteras Island. I always review these training videos and usually annoy my family and friends by sending them info like this about rip currents because I love them. "Do as I say, not as I used to do." Safe swimming!

obxmini


Unfortunately, this article was updated later today, to include an additional death. That makes two drownings just today. :(

Around 4:47 p.m. near Ramp 70 on Ocracoke Island, a man from North Brookfield, Mass. was found 3 feet from the shore without a flotation device after family members asked for help.
A bystander started performing CPR and first responders joined them a short time later, but they could not revive the victim.




outerbanksvoice.com/2018/06/06/two-men-died-wednesday-in-separate-ocean-swimming-incidents/


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I am so sorry to read this update, kurthi. Terrible news.


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People just don't realize how deceiving a rip can be. They wade out into the calmer hip deep water (first sign of a rip is calmer water). And there's normally no problem, until a larger series of waves fills up the trough behind them and then when they go to hop over the next swell, they can't regain their footing and out they go. It's a little unnerving for anybody to feel how strong that pull is, but to a novice, it smacks their panic button. Thanks for bringing this up Mini. Hopefully at least one person will learn from this.


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The Sentinel has an article https://www.obsentinel.com/news/what-to-know-before-you-enter-the-water-what-rip/article_2c694e96-59d3-11e8-a454-27c24061e2f4.html about these recent drownings, as well as another video. I think I remember this video from last year, it's quite well done: https://youtu.be/pa4k5TcIo_U

Greg, yours is a good description. I've never been caught it one, thankfully, and hope if I ever am I will keep my wits about me and ride it out, swim parallel and not panic.

Let's all have a good summer of swimming safely. Rainbow


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I've been caught in em a number of times. The first, if I remember correctly was when I was young'un in my early teens. Not really knowin' any better, I took the path of least resistance (which is what most folks that age do) and swam parallel with the shore line and viola, ez pz, I was out. Most importantly ya'll need to stay calm and keep your shirt together. Now a days as an oldun, I prefer to stay on top of the food chain and do all my swimming in a cement pond. If there is something in the pool that would change the pecking order, at least I'll be able to see it before hopping on in. So few of things towards the top my old wish list, in no particular order when it comes to searchin' for rentals is ocean front, cement pond and my man Otis that gets you up or down between all of the cottage floors.
Everyone stay safe out there while you're enjoying the sea. I'll stay on the shore under the old umbrella and in my trusty beach chair pulling on a cold one...
Beer Martini Glass

Thom


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Thom Im with you. My ocean swimming days ended a few yrs ago..think I was 43 at the time. I got tossed/rolled/drug along the bottom when a really random wave seemingly appeared from no where. I was black and blue and ached all week and it dawned on me..Im too old to risk drowning or breaking a hip, especially as a single parent. ( still had teens then) Now Im all about the pool and just parking my butt safely in a beach chair. smiley


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At 62 its still as fun as it was as a teen. If the water is 62 degrees or warmer and the surf height is no more than 5 maybe 6 feet I have to swim every day I'm on Hatteras, unless the rip tide risk is in the red flag category. Then the pool will do. But the first day I'm always nervous, and cautious every day to watch the wave patterns before choosing an area to enter.


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I've been caught in em a number of times. The first, if I remember correctly was when I was young'un in my early teens. Not really knowin' any better, I took the path of least resistance (which is what most folks that age do) and swam parallel with the shore line and viola, ez pz, I was out. Most importantly ya'll need to stay calm and keep your shirt together. Now a days as an oldun, I prefer to stay on top of the food chain and do all my swimming in a cement pond. If there is something in the pool that would change the pecking order, at least I'll be able to see it before hopping on in. So few of things towards the top my old wish list, in no particular order when it comes to searchin' for rentals is ocean front, cement pond and my man Otis that gets you up or down between all of the cottage floors.
Everyone stay safe out there while you're enjoying the sea. I'll stay on the shore under the old umbrella and in my trusty beach chair pulling on a cold one...
Beer Martini Glass

Thom

PHNZ UP
Amen brother. My feelings exactly. Been there done that, paid my dues. Time to sit on the beach with a rod in the holder and cold one in my hand.


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Advice from a life long experienced 73 year old Ocean Swimmer. Rip Currents are not always apparent as Videos make them out to be. I have been caught when there were no visual signs. Granted I swim beyond most people in water over my head. You have to be vigilant at all times and above all try to stay calm. If you are out where I hang out you are a "Swimmer". Unfortunately non swimmers and especially children have no chance. Heed warnings, red flags and survey surf conditions BEFORE entering water. Have fun out there.


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At 62 its still as fun as it was as a teen. If the water is 62 degrees or warmer and the surf height is no more than 5 maybe 6 feet I have to swim every day I'm on Hatteras, unless the rip tide risk is in the red flag category. Then the pool will do. But the first day I'm always nervous, and cautious every day to watch the wave patterns before choosing an area to enter.

tarisio1


Just turned 53. When we are at the beach I can't not be in the water (red flags excepted). I still love to boogie board as much or more as when I was teen (except then it was rafts then because there were no boards). I love showing up my kids when riding waves. But I have a very healthy respect for the ocean. From the first time we took the kids to the beach (oldest was 8 and youngest was 1), I have ALWAYS preached that they should NEVER turn their back on the ocean. We discuss what to do if they get caught in a rip. So far that has never happened, but stories like these make me nervous. Can't wait to be there at the end of month...


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As some have said rips are hard to see sometimes. We come to the OBX with 4 teens and 2 11 year old boys. This always worries me and we talk to all the kids about this but I'm still not sure they would be able to keep calm if faced with one. the 11 year olds they are only allowed to be in the water/surf just past their knees. The teens are not allowed out past their waist unless they have a board.

My question is, can you get caught in a rip anywhere or are you generally more likely to get caught if out deeper than knee/waist deep?

We arrive Sunday the 24th, for the Monday training in Buxton do you have to sign up or can you just show up?


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Well depends on where you are on the Outer Banks. It can depend on Tides also. Most Rip Currents are not as visable at High Tide on a steep slopping beach. Not sure if the BN in KH and KDH changed much. In other words if you are in Kitty Hawk at high water and you take 5 steps you could be in 4 to 5 feet if water. My experience is that Rip Currents are most visable during the second half of the outgoing tide when you generally have a slough between the shore and the normal sandbar. At high water the Ocean doesn't need an outlet to deeper water it just flows over the bar.