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Rip currents big concern as Arthur approaches, passes


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Along with tropical storms comes a higher rip current risk.

Higher winds increase wave frequency creating stronger currents, which make the ocean dangerous for swimmers.

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is preparing for Tropical Storm Arthur by putting more life guards on the beach. They say rip currents feel like you're swimming on an endless treadmill. They can affect any swimmer no matter how experienced.

"Should you get caught in one, relax," Ocean Rescue Director Dave Baker said. "Let it take you out. Swim parallel to shore, and then the waves will push you back in. Please swim in front of a life guarded beach and stay within your limitations."

They want to stress to swimmers to pay attention to the flags on the beach. Red flags mean no swimming; do not get in the water.

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