Rip Current (30 sec. video)

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Peter Davis, Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief: Your Grandma called it undertow, your uncle called it a rip tide, itís a rip current. Thereís no current that pulls you under in the beach, a rip current pulls you out. You can recognize a rip current by ití foamy, choppy surface. Itíll have sand mixed up in it and it will be a little different color than the rest of the water. If youíre caught in a rip, swim parallel, then back to shore.If you ever see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If thereís no guard throw a float and talk them into shore. The ocean is not a pool and itís not a pond. If youíre a non-swimmer you have no business going out in a surf environment.