The Dangers of Rip Currents

More people die from rip currents than lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
1:27 | 07/08/13

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away. This weekend nearly 200 people were caught in rip current which pull swimmers away from the shore. In fact, they are deadlier than lightening, hurricanes and tornados combined. Meteorologist ginger zee shows us what happens and what you should do. Reporter: At least two deaths and 200 rescued this weekend. On an ma maria island, rescuers comfort a family who lost a 14-year-old son who drowned when he was caught in a rip current. They got farther than they wanted to see him out there. Reporter: I suited up and hit the water. I soon discovered how powerful rip current are. In less than a minute I was pulled almost 100 yards from shore, traveling one to two feet every second. When you turn around you can see how far we are from shore. This is exactly where many people panic. Here's what you should do. Relax, find the shore and start swimming parallel to it. Do not swim the way you came. That's when you face it head on, the full power of the rip current. Rip current aren't really that wide, a few yards to 50 yards at best so you can get out of them quickly. Stay calm, don't fight it and stay safe. Ginger zee. Abc news. Swim parallel to the shore.

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