COCOA BEACH, Florida – The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida issued a Beach Hazards Statement that will remain in effect from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, through this evening for Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin
A strong northward-flowing current is present parallel to the beach that can knock swimmers off sandbars into deeper water and make them more susceptible to rip currents.
If no lifeguard is present, think twice about entering the surf. Be aware that beach closures are in effect for some communities.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from the shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties, and piers.
Remember to swim near a lifeguard and do not swim alone. Ask the beach patrol about ocean hazards when you arrive at the beach.
If you become caught in a rip current – do not panic – but yell for help. Remain calm and do not exhaust yourself. Stay afloat while waiting for help.
If you have to swim out of a rip current, begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current, begin to swim back to the beach.
Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.