July 9, 2018
US Coast Guard Warns Mariners, Swimmers of Dangerous
Weather and Rip Currents from Tropical Storm Chris
Coast Guard would like to warn mariners and beachgoers of hazardous
weather and sea states that could take place as Tropical Storm Chris
makes its way up the east coast.
waves and visibility can quickly become problematic for boaters, while
the increased sea states leading up to and after a tropical storm can
create powerful rip currents.
are urged to only swim at beaches with active duty lifeguards and to
follow local advisories at their beach for beach closures and rip
and commercial mariners are advised to put safety first and operate
within their vessel’s parameters and not to go out in heavy weather.
currents are serious risk in the mid-Atlantic. If you head to the
beach, pay attention to the local beach advisories and check the
weather forecast before you go,” said Mr. Matt Brooks, command duty
officer at the 5th District command center. “There have been numerous
deaths this year due to rip currents. Swim at a beach with a
lifeguard and do not swim after hours.”
For more information on rip currents, visit: http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/
currents are a significant threat along the mid-Atlantic coast,
primarily along the southern Outer Banks in North Carolina, in Maryland
waterways and off the New Jersey shore.
most important safety precaution people should take regarding rip
currents is to swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty.
Lifeguards are highly trained and are the first line of defense when
beachgoers are swept away by rip currents. Don’t take the risk of
swimming at an unguarded beach.
presence of rip currents along our coasts is another reason people
should wear life jackets at all times. People who fall overboard boats
or overturn paddlecraft could potentially be affected by rip currents,
and wearing a life jacket could help save their lives.