Dangerous Waters: Rip Currents Alert

Dangerous rip currents put hundreds of Florida swimmers in harm's way.
1:40 | 05/26/14

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And to the rescues in floor. Hundreds of people pulled from the water because of dangerous rip currents. Matt Gutman is there tonight with the reminders for every family headed to the beach. Reporter: Still at this hour, you can see how packed these beaches are. Up and down these coasts those dangerous rip currents. The red flags went up and the swimmers went down. Rip currents were nonexist ent a couple of days ago. Now we're up to a red flag and we made I think about 100 assists or rescues yesterday of people a people. Today up and down the coast dozens more. Rip currents. Small channels that pull water from the shore back out to sea. Watch as this guy pulled in for a safety video highlights that invisible current. Don't panic. You panic, you lose concentration and try to fight the current. Wrong thing to do. Reporter: That's exactly what rescuers say you shouldn't do. Got to swim to the shore to get out of the rip. That's because even though rip currents are wider than a school bus you can't swim through one. You have to look for the beach and swim parallel to it to get out of its grip quickly. Stay close to life guard towers like that one. In Florida, rip currents are bigger killers than tornados, hurricanes and sharks combined. David. Great reminders. It looks like a typical

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