National Weather Service issues ‘moderate’ rip current hazard in Horry and Georgetown counties

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) — Those enjoying the beach for the 4th of July weekend should be careful if they head into the waters.

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Colin track out to sea, rip currents remain a concern.

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The National Weather Service issued a “moderate” rip current hazard for beaches in Horry and Georgetown counties on Sunday. This means that only experienced swimmers who know how to escape a rip current should enter the waves.

Rip currents are powerful channeled currents of water that flow away from the shore and can extend beyond the line of the breaking waves.

If you get caught in a rip current, don’t panic and waste your energy. Instead, you should call for help and stay afloat while you wait for a lifeguard or rescue team to join you. And if you must swim in a rip current, be sure to swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Don’t try to swim straight to shore when you’re in a rip current.

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