Beach-goers on alert for rip currents

Rip currents can be powerful and dangerous following hurricanes.

(WPRI) — One day after Hurricane Arthur brought heavy rain to Southeastern New England, Saturday’s beautiful weather lured residents to the beach.

At Horseneck Beach in Westport, a popular beach for rip currents, life guards were spreading the word for what swimmers should be on alert for.

“You’ll see holes, changes in height as people are walking out,” said Sean Sweeney, the head life guard. “They’ll walk out and they’ll go from knee deep to chest deep back to knee deep. That’s an area where there’s trouble. You might get pulled under there or pulled out.”

On the Rhode Island coast, Narragansett beach was more placid. Still, beach goers remained on alert.

“Swim parallel to the beach or diagonally to the beach,” said snorkeler Joe Miller. “That way you know you’re out of the rip current and you’re making progress on the way in.”





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