Rip Currents: How to Spot a Rip Current

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Signs that a rip current is present are very subtle and difficult for the average beachgoer to identify. Look for differences in the water color, water motion, incoming wave shape or breaking point compared to adjacent conditions.

Look for any of these clues:

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