Coast Guard Urges Safety As Tropical Storm Chris Approaches

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NEW JERSEY – The Coast Guard is warning mariners, swimmers, and beachgoers of potentially dangerous weather and rip currents as Tropical Storm Chris makes its way up the east coast.

Boaters should be aware of wind, waves, and visibility issues. Swimmers are reminded to swim only at beaches where life guards are on duty. The increased sea states leading up to and after a tropical storm can create powerful rip currents, so it is important to follow local advisories.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to operate within their vessel’s parameters; don’t go out in heavy weather, and put safety first!

“Rip currents are serious risk in the mid-Atlantic. If you head to the beach, pay attention to the local beach advisories and check the weather forecast before you go,” said Mr. Matt Brooks, command duty officer at the 5th District command center. “There have been numerous deaths this year due to rip currents. Swim at a beach with a lifeguard and do not swim after hours.”

The Jersey Shore is one of the areas where rip currents remain a significant threat, alongside the southern Outer Banks in North Carolina and in Maryland waterways.

When it comes to rip currents, officials advise that you don’t take the risk of swimming at an unguarded beach and wear a life jacket at all times.

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