How do I help someone else?

Don't become a victim while trying to help someone else! Many people have died trying to rescue rip current victims.

  • Get help from a lifeguard.
  • If a lifeguard is not present, call 911, then try to direct the victim to swim following the shoreline to escape.
  • If possible, throw the victim something that floats.
  • Never enter the water without a flotation device.

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1. What are rip currents?
2. Why are rip currents dangerous?
3. How do I know if a rip current is present?
4. What do I do if I'm caught in a rip current?
5. How do I help someone else?
6. Where can I get more information?