What you need to know about rip currents

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Watch this video to learn what to do if you're ever caught in a rip current. (AccuWeather)

If you're one of the millions of people who'll be hitting the beach this summer, make sure you know what to do if you ever find yourself caught in a rip current while swimming.

"Rip currents are powerful currents of water that move away from the shore. They account for 100 deaths at U.S. beaches annually," according to AccuWeather. "The best thing you can do is know that rip currents do not drag you underwater, they pull you away from shore."

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, AccuWeather suggests to not panic and to swim parallel to the shore until you escape. You can also calmly stay afloat until the current dies down, or even try waving or yelling for help to get the attention of a lifeguard.
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