January 28th, 2012

Surviving The Surf

Sign at Torey Pines beach state park.

Each year people drown because they do not understand these ocean dangers:

Sleeper Waves: Without warning, huge “sleeper” waves sometimes hit the shore. These giants crash much farther up the beach than normal waves. They can knock down both children and adults, and drag them into deep water. Always keep an eye on the surf, and keep children away from the foam line.

Rip Currents: Rip currents are swift “rivers” of backwash surging through the surf. Early breaking waves and choppy, foamy, or discolored water mark these danger zones. If caught in a rip current, do not swim against it. Swim parallel to the beach until free of the current, then head for shore.

On steep beaches, even normal waves create a dangerous backwash of water rushing back in the sea.

Warning: Do no dive headfirst into the surf. Diver could hit hidden rocks or the shallow bottom resulting in paraiysis (we think they meant to put paralyzed) or death.

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