SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Rip Currents are fast-moving channels of water that can be difficult to spot on shore. Marine and weather experts say if you’re not careful it could sweep you away in a matter of seconds.
Throughout Hurricane season the risk of high rip currents across the shoreline increase.
According to the National Weather Service, rip currents could appear choppy or dirty with a break in a water wave pattern.
Meteorologists say if you get caught in one, don’t panic instead remain calm.
“Unfortunately the rip current is pulling you away so most people still panic because they aren’t able to make any progress to swim back towards the beach. That’s where a lot of people unfortunately drowned because they tire out and not able to swim back,” National Weather Service Brownsville Senior Meteorologist, Mike Castillo explained.
According to SPI ocean rescue there will always be a flag on the beach to indicate if there is a high risk of rip currents.
When you arrive at the beach it’s best to look out for red or yellow flags that represent dangerous to moderate water conditions.