June 21, 2013
What a beautiful weekend on the Outer Banks!
A little bit of gusty winds, but perfect water and air temperatures!
Check out the events and weather for this weekend in today’s beach report.
Shore break occurs when waves break directly on the beach. The most common injuries with strong shore break are neck and back injuries… which most often occur when the powerful surf throws a swimmer or surfer head first into the bottom. It is extremely important to protect your head and neck whenever you are in breaking waves by keeping your hands in front of you at all times.
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.
If you become caught in a rip current… do not panic. Remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current… begin to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current… since it can exhaust and even kill the strongest swimmer.
Strong longshore currents can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents… piers… jetties and other hazardous areas. In many cases the longshore current is strong enough to prevent swimmers from being able to keep their feet on the bottom making it difficult to return to shore.