Experts issue rip current warnings after eight deaths (includes video story)

Eight deaths have been reported in Florida this summer following a recent surge in lethal rip currents. With an abnormal 2024 hurricane season on the horizon, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) issued a warning on June 26 that urged beachgoers to take extra precautions in the warm waters that often cause undertow-related accidents.

”Don’t fight the current, because it’s a pretty strong force,” warned District Chief Joseph Lobosco from Martin County Fire Rescue.

The NOAA says if you see a swimmer caught in a rip current:

  • Carefully assess the situation.
  • If no lifeguard is available, call 9-1-1.
  • Advise the person to follow the shoreline and let themselves float along.
  • If possible, throw something that floats.
  • Never enter the water without a floatation device in an effort to save someone else. 

Emma Alonso is a senior majoring in Digital Broadcast Media. She is passionate about photography and videography. After graduation she hopes to work in the photojournalism field, more specifically on the sidelines of an NFL or NBA team capturing stories through her camera.