How to survive a rip current | News
Bradenton Beach, Florida - Bradenton Beach has some of the most beautiful, tranquil water along the Gulf Coast. But looks can be deceiving.
Just below the surface are unseen deadly currents.
It was in Bradenton Beach in April when 6-year-old Lamontea Taylor died, swept into the Gulf by powerful rip currents.
Rescue workers from multiple agencies searched the water for days before his body was found about a mile from shore. He was swimming along a section of the beach clearly marked as dangerous.
Captain Joe Westerman has patrolled this beach for 25 years. We shot underwater video and you can see the sand carried away by the strong current, and you can see the water rushing in shallow water.
10 News anchor Reggie Roundtree gets into the water and shows you how you should not fight the rip current, instead you go out with the tide and find your way out of the rip current. Click on the video above to watch his report.
Florida ranks number one for rip current deaths.
From 1994 to 2009, 234 died along Florida's coast from rip tides and rip currents. Along the Gulf coast: 19 people killed.
Dr. Robert Weisberg, a USF Marine Scientist, says swimming near inlets is asking for trouble, and it doesn't matter if it's an incoming or outgoing tide.
The biggest tip is to keep your eye on your children.
Click here for a website from the National Weather Service that can give you strong current information to let you know when the water might be dangerous.
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