rippin currents

perhaps you have read about this in the news:

Last Friday afternoon – August 5th – in Long Beach, Washington, 12 year-old Dale Ostrander was lifelessly pulled out of the waters off of Cranberry Beach by rescue swimmers Eduardo Mendez and Will Green after being stuck underwater for 25 minutes due to a rip current.

Paramedics tried to revive him for about 10 minutes on the beach, once back at the hospital the were finally able get him breathing again and hear a faint pulse. On August 9th, after the breathing tubes were removed once he came out of an induced coma, he was breathing on his own and speaking in complete sentences….

FREAKING AMAZING!!
i got all welled up just reading the articles about this absolute miracle

hit up THIS BLOG to follow along on his recovery

how do rip currents form?

gathered from NOAA:

Rip currents can occur along any coastline that features breaking waves. As waves travel from deep to shallow water, they eventually break near the shoreline. As waves break, they generate currents that flow in both the offshore (away from the coast) and the alongshore directions. Currents flowing away from the coast are called rip currents.

Rip currents are a result of complex interactions between waves, currents, water levels and nearshore bathymetry. A rip current forms as the narrow, fast-moving section of water travels in an offshore direction. Rip currents can also result from a wave’s natural variability or when a current traveling along the shoreline encounters a structure such as a groin or jetty and is forced offshore.

how to escape a rip current:

STAY CALM! most people’s first instinct is to begin thrashing and swim against the current back to the shallow waters, closer to the shore line. even if you are the world’s strongest swimmer, you are going to wear out, the current is far too strong to fight head on.

you can first try to swim parallel to the beach, this will get you out of the outward current. but if that is too hard, simply let the current take you out to calmer waters. you will clear of the rip soon enough and can make your way back in, or if that feels like its too much for you, begin to tread water, call for help, signal to people on the beach or if your other options aren’t working, wait for the waves to carry you in.

if you see someone stuck in a rip current, don’t be a superhero and dive right in to save them, you’ll probably end up just as stuck as they are. instead, alert a lifeguard or the police. if there are none around and you really do have to go in after them, make sure you have some sort of flotation device with you like a boogie-board, raft or life preserver.

and the number one rule all of us shore kids learned at a very young age
NEVER GO IN THE WATER ALONE!

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