This year, four people died from rip currents at Brunswick beaches. Rip currents are not new, just that it can catch people off guard. Here is a short video to help explain what they are and what to do.
Yesterday, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to rescued a
little kid who was headed out to sea in a rip current. No one saw what was
happening. I was about 100 feet from the kid and paddled
like hell to reach him. He grab him, pulled him up on my surfboard and
swam along side to shore. I was giving a surf lesson at 13th. Street, Sunset Beach.
Rip tides can be seen or not. Best
to not venture out too far unless the surf is really flat. The surf
conditions were deceiving today. Waves were about 2 to maybe 3 foot,
nothing big. But the incoming tide and
increasing wave size, along with wind conditions, along with very
sand bars combined to create a deadly current.
because you do not see a rip, if you're feeling current trying to move
you down the beach, that is enough warning to not go out too far.