Beach Hazards / Rip Currents

Rip Currents
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Rip currents can be deadly.  They can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes, and most often form at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures like piers, jetties and groins. According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA), more than 80 percent of the surf beach rescues performed by lifeguards each year involve rip currents. Please click on the links below for important tips on rip current safety.