Officials warn of high-risk rip currents posing for beach swimmers
For those heading out to the beach today, it's important to be aware of the high-risk rip currents.
The first thing swimmers need to know before splashing into the water is to refrain from swimming on red-flagged beaches where a lifeguard is not present.
Experts say if you do get caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the current. Don't try to fight against it since it can wear out the swimmer. The best way to survive a rip current is to float and yell for help so a lifeguard can get to you.
The risk of rip currents comes during a national lifeguard shortage. Mayor Eric Adams and union officials recently raised the wages for lifeguards for the summer season to $19.46 and encouraged those interested to apply.