Southern Bristol MA-Dukes MA-Nantucket MA-Washington RI-
Newport RI-Block Island RI-
1028 AM EDT Fri Sep 14 2018
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS
* LOCATIONS...In Massachusetts, Southern Bristol MA, Nantucket
MA and Dukes MA Counties. In Rhode Island, Block Island RI,
Newport RI and Washington RI Counties.
* TIMING...Into early this evening.
* SURF ZONE IMPACTS...Large breaking waves will be dangerous to
anyone who enters the surf.
A rip current, sometimes mistakenly called an undertow, is a
strong but narrow current of water flowing from the beach to the
surf zone. It can rapidly carry a swimmer into deeper water, and
exhaust an individual trying to swim against it.
If you are a poor swimmer and are caught in a rip current, swim
parallel to the beach until out of its pull, then swim back to
shore. Another means of escape for good swimmers is to ride the
current out until it dissipates, then swim back to shore outside
of the rip current.
Do not attempt to swim directly into the rip current, it can
exhaust and drown even the strongest swimmer.
Heed the advice of the beach patrol and swim only at guarded
beaches. Be especially cautious near piers and jetties, where rip
currents can be enhanced.
In addition, viewers of large surf should stay in safe areas well
away from possible splashover. Individual waves may be more than
twice the average wave height, which can sweep a person into the
water from what may seem to be a safe viewing area. Falling into
turbulent and sometimes rocky waters can result in injury that
reduces the chance of survival.