rip current


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rip current
A rip current is formed when water coming ashore is channeled back to sea through a narrow passage, such as a break in a sandbar, causing an increase in the strength of the current.

rip current

n.
A strong, narrow surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore, returning the water carried landward by waves. Also called rip tide, tiderip.

rip current

(rĭp)
A strong, narrow surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore. Rip currents form when water that has piled up along a shore due to wind and waves suddenly returns to deeper waters. Also called rip tide.
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Noun1.rip current - a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore
tide - the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
current, stream - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
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On June 18, Bernard and Roisin Cahill were driving home when they saw two people swimming towards a dangerous rip current.
It also noted that there would be a high rip current risk through midweek, and that there was a high rip current risk in effect until 8 p.
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Leslie Thomas Gordon is reported to have taken an early morning swim at around 8am near the Praia de Mira beach, when he became caught up in a rip current.
This was brought to people's attention with the tragic loss of life in Norfolk earlier this summer, when one man died when swimmers were caught in a rip current off Great Yarmouth.
Life saving and other specialists from Europe, North America, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia describe its history, lifeguard effectiveness, and data, risk analysis, and evaluation in lifeguarding; the physical environment, including beach types, hazards, risk assessment, the rip current hazard, and cold water immersion; medical aspects, including injuries and risks while lifeguarding, first aid, drowning, and resuscitation techniques; recognition, vigilance, and surveillance techniques; lifeguard swimming performance in surf; medical, eyesight, and occupational fitness and strength standards; beach safety education, including establishing programs in a developing country; and emerging technologies.
Breaking swells pounded around her as she mounted scientific instruments to steel pipes embedded in the seafloor, while a powerful rip current jerked her away from the shore.
ATEAM of hero lifeguards sprang into action to save five children who were caught in a rip current off Longsands North beach.
Lifeguard Phil Ritchie told her that Walker Technology College pupil Owen had been saved from a rip current between Longsands North and Cullercoats beaches.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," NHC said in its public advisory statement.