A woman has issued a stern warning about the brutal nature of the ocean off Aussie beaches and urged beachgoers to be cautious of rips as they head into summer.
Angie James, from New Zealand, visited the Gold Coast and took a photo from her balcony.
It may look like a regular snap but the photo actually shows a clear rip tide pushing the water back out to sea – marking the most dangerous spot for swimming. The worst part is that the rip looks like the calmest spot to enter the water.
‘For those hitting the ocean and waves no matter where in the world you might go. This is really simple. You can spot a rip current,’ Angie wrote.
The rip can be seen as a passage of water or ‘river of sea’ between breaking waves. Currents are so strong even the best swimmers would struggle going against a rip.
The image depicts a rip tide passage pushing the water back out to sea – marking the most dangerous spots for swimming
‘Unfortunately, it’s where it looks easiest and safest to enter the sea. This is because the rip current is looping around and pulling back OUT. Hence no waves rolling IN,’ she continued.
Angie warned to ‘never enter the sea here’ and to always keep an eye out for rips.
She also explained what to do if stuck in a rip.
‘If you are already in the sea and get caught in a rip current (you’ll know because you will suddenly be moved from your location and it will be impossible to swim against it) don’t panic,’ she wrote.
‘Swim ACROSS, not against the rip current. For example, rather than trying to swim to shore while being pushed out, swim parallel to the beach and you will be able to get out.
‘Then you can swim ashore. Please educate friends or family visiting the beaches this summer. Stay safe.’
The rip tide can be seen as a passage of water or ‘river of sea’ between breaking waves. Currents are so strong even the best swimmers would struggle going against a rip (stock image)
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rip currents can be narrow or hundreds of meters long, and are of ten referred to by lifeguards as ‘drowning machines’.
Angie’s post quickly caught the attention of thousands and was liked more than 32,000 times.
‘You learn something new every day,’ one wrote, another said: ‘Great advice as our beaches are notorious for rips.’
One man shared his ‘near death’ experience after being dragged out into the ocean by a rip tide.
‘I almost drown in January 21 on my birthday up at Coolum because I was complacent and didn’t see the obvious,’ he wrote.
‘I’ve always been very fit … but this day I underestimated the ocean.’
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