National Weather Service Warns of High Risk of Rip Currents Through Wednesday Evening

The National Weather Service has warned of a high risk of rip currents at Coney Island Beach, Rockaway Beach and points east to Fire Island through Wednesday evening, July 2, with the strongest rip currents in the afternoon and evening hours.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties and piers. All beachgoers should only swim in areas monitored by lifeguards, closely heed the instructions of lifeguards, and pay attention to any flags and posted signs.

In the event that one becomes caught in rip current, they should not panic. Rather, remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once away from the force of the rip current, they can swim back to the beach. One must not attempt to swim directly against a rip current - even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.

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