SAFETY SNAPSHOT: HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK over Memorial Day Weekend
We want you all to have a safe and enjoyable visit to Port Aransas during this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. Part of having a great time at the seashore is being informed of changing beach and weather conditions, including what to do if caught in a rip current.
Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that flows away from the shore, moving up to 8 feet per second- faster than an Olympic swimmer! Even the strongest swimmers can be quickly swept out to sea. It is estimated that over 100 people are killed by rip currents annually. If caught in a rip current, don't fight it! You will get exhausted and put yourself at risk of drowning. Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle. Please note there is NO lifeguard on duty at the National Seashore.
**There will be a MODERATE risk for rip current TODAY and SUNDAY, and a HIGH RISK for rip current on FRIDAY and SATURDAY. Swimming is NOT ADVISED in these conditions- even very strong swimmers can quickly get exhausted and be put at risk for drowning!**
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!