Coast Guard urges swimmers to be aware of rip currents
Coast Guard urges beach goers to be aware of current tear conditions after two cases last weekend along the Gulf Coast.
In the first case, the Coast Guard rescued three swimmers caught in a current near Dauphin Island, Alabama, on Sunday.
Crews received a phone call at 2:19 p.m. from a Good Samaritan of three swimmers caught in a rip current just offshore. The boat crew were able to retrieve the three swimmers and transfer them to waiting emergency medical personnel at Sation Dauphin Island.
All three swimmers were last reported to be in stable condition.
The second case involved a night search by the Coast Guard, state and local agencies, which recovered two bodies near Panama City, Florida.
Here are some safety tips you should know before going to the National Weather Service beach:
- Check the local beach forecast before you leave the house and enjoy a day at the beach.
- Look for warning signs and / or beach flags when you arrive.
- If you are unsure of the conditions, ask a lifeguard.
- Always swim near lifeguards and know how to swim before you venture out.
- For more tips and information visit Weather.Gov and National Weather Service Mobile Alabama
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