Rip Currents a risk on Labor Day

National Weather Service warns beachgoers of rip currents


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – If you’re heading to the beach on Monday to enjoy the Labor Day holiday, be careful. There’s a high risk for rip currents.

The National Weather Service is warning beachgoers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia of the dangerous conditions on the heels of Hurricane Hermine. Breezy northeast wind and increased swell will result in a high risk of rip currents along area beaches.

Some recommendations to keep your family safe is to stay in shallow waters and swim near a lifeguard.

If you get caught in a rip current, stay calm. The National Weather Service suggests not fighting the current. Be sure to make eye contact with the shoreline because you need to swim in a direction following it. If you’re still not able to get out, face the shore and wave for help.

On top of all of that, one way to get out of the rip current is to lay on your back and try to float out of it.