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What should I do if I get caught in a riptide?

A riptide (rip current) is a narrow, powerful current of water that runs perpendicular to the shore, out toward the sea. You may not know a rip current is there until you get caught in it. If that occurs, don't panic. Your instinct may be to try to swim against the current back toward shore, but that will likely only wear you out. Instead, swim sideways, parallel to the shore. A rip current is usually no more than 30 feet wide, so you will be able to swim out of it to the side, and then the waves can help carry you back to the beach.

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