rip current


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rip current

[′rip ‚kə·rənt]
(oceanography)
The return flow of water piled up on shore by incoming waves and wind.
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* Rip currents account for 80 percent of beach rescues.
The coroner, Stephen Covell, recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest at Truro Magistrates' Court, stating that he believed that inexperienced swimmer Oneil drowned as a result of being caught in a rip current.
Richard and Laura Grande said the warning of strong rip currents posted on the Pass-A-Grille Beach were not enough of a safety measure.
The interpretation of images enabled the confirmation of generation routes of longshore current and strong rip current, which results were found to have a very similar tendency to those of point measurement at preceding hydraulic model tests, flow direction and flow velocity measured at digital model test, and plane unit at field observation.
The advice if caught in a rip current is to raise a hand and shout for help, don't swim against rip, but parallel to the beach or shoreline to get out of the rip current, and keep hold of any body board or other flotation device.
She'd hold on, like a flag flying on a windy day, until a strong rip current won the tug of war and carried her offshore, forcing her to kick and crawl her way back.
Operations manager Joe Missen confirmed that the first surfer - a 26-year-old woman - had become caught in a rip current. He said: "The wind whistles down that slipway off the Esplanade.
The stream of water that races through the gap is a rip current. Some rip currents can move twice as fast as the world's fastest human swimmer.
A 54-year-old woman died Friday after apparently getting caught by a rip current, a strong outward flow of water.
PRINCE William has helped save the life of a teenage girl swept away by a rip current while swimming in the sea.
THE Duke of Cambridge has helped save the life of a teenage girl swept away by a rip current while swimming in the sea.