It will be dangerous if you plan to get in to the water at our beaches over the next few days as we have a high rip current risk. We will see rough seas and surf.
Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue says that last weekend was on of their busiest weekends, as they had to make 15 rescues on Sunday. They’re advising you to stay aware if you plan on getting in the water.
Following that death, one Jacksonville Beach resident is asking the city council for more resources.
“It could’ve been avoided had we had maybe enough lifeguards in the chair.” He says.
In St. Johns County, the Sheriff’s Office wants swimmers to be aware as well.
“This is not really optimal time to be out in the ocean swimming, it’s certainly not illegal.” Says Chuck Milligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
If you are caught in a rip current the National Weather Center has tips on how to survive. They say don’t fight the current, relax and try to save your energy. Don’t Swim directly to the shore, swim parallel to the shore and once you get free from the current, swim at an angle towards the shore. They say if you have any doubt about going out into the ocean, then don’t get in.
The National Weather Service says rip currents typically for at breaks in sandbars and also near structures like piers.