Heat brings high risk of dangerous rip currents along Jersey Shore

Mike Dougherty
July 17, 2019 - 1:02 pm
Strong winds whipped waves against the Sheboygan north pier breakwater, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Sheboygan, Wis.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — High rip currents are very likely along the Jersey Shore on Wednesday. Brian Booth, captain of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, says they can catch even good swimmers off guard.

"If you feel yourself being taken out, don't swim straight back in to shore. You want to swim parallel to the beach," he said. 

Rip currents often create a brownish streak in the water and eliminate most of the waves in that area.

"Try and stay as calm as you can and call for some help. Get some other people to notice, get the life guard's attention," said Booth.

He advises that it's very important to swim only at guarded beaches where help is there if you need it.