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Local safety officials encourage swimmers to follow ocean safety checklist

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Swimmers are warned about how ocean conditions can rapidly change and how it’s influenced by season, location, tides and weather.

According to a media release from Horry County Government, rip currents along the coast will increase this week due to tropical systems like Gaston and Tropical Depression 8.

Although the overall risk associated with swimming in the ocean is low, local safety officials recommend the Ocean Safety Checklist:

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury.
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it.
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!

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