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Georgetown County Sheriff's Office encourages rip current awareness

Source: Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Source: Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is supporting the initiatives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by increasing the awareness of the citizens and visitors of Georgetown County about the dangers of rip currents during Rip Current Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2015.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Beach Patrol Unit will be informing the citizens and visitors on the Georgetown County beaches about rip currents, how to survive a rip current if caught in one, and distributing NOAA brochures entitled “Break the Grip of the Rip,” according to a news release from the GCSO.

“Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore,” the release states. The best safety measure is to always identify the danger of rip currents, and only swim at beaches where lifeguards are present.

The following is taken from a news release from the GCSO on how to survive a rip current:

·         Remain calm.

·         Never fight against the current.

·         Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current towards shore.

·         If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.

·         If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waiving your arm and yelling for help.

The GCSO says the Beach Patrol Unit will be patrolling the Garden City, and Litchfield beaches from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, making sure the natural resources in Georgetown County are being used in a responsible manner. 


Visit NOAA's website for additional information on rip currents.

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