Rip Current Warnings Remain in Effect After Weekend Filled With Rescues Along Florida Coast
The National Weather Service warned of high risks for rip currents in coastal Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Tuesday, following a holiday weekend filled with hundreds of rescues and three deaths along Florida's coast.
More than 500 people were rescued in Brevard, Flagler and Volusia counties near central Florida between Sunday and Monday, Orlando’s News 13 reported. Three people died. According to WSVN, 14 people were rescued from beaches in Fort Lauderdale Sunday, while 11 people were rescued over the weekend in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WPEC CBS 12 caught up with two swimmers who had to be rescued by lifeguards in Riviera Beach Monday.
“When I realized we were far out, when I started trying to go back in, it just kept pulling me back out,” Ryan Rettino said.
Strong winds along the east coast of the state are producing the rip currents, which are defined as strong currents that flow away from the beach. Warnings for South Florida remain in effect through early Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service recommends calling for help and swimming parallel to shore (instead of trying to fight the current) to escape.
In addition to rip currents, Fort Lauderdale saw some severe weather Monday, when winds from a waterspout sent a bounce house filled with kids flying through the air. Three children were injured in the incident.
To learn more about rip currents and their structure, explore this presentation by the National Weather Service.