Request for Public Service Announcement - Please run through September 7, 2009 (Labor Day)

February 26, 2009

By Cindie Powell

TEXAS SEA GRANT REMINDS ALL BEACH-GOERS THAT RIP CURRENTS CAN SWEEP EVEN THE STRONGEST SWIMMER OUT TO SEA. THEY OFTEN FORM AROUND MAN-MADE OBJECTS LIKE JETTIES AND PIERS.

IF YOU’RE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT, STAY CALM. DON’T TRY TO SWIM STRAIGHT TO SHORE. IF THE RIP CURRENT IS WEAK, SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE UNTIL YOU ARE OUT OF THE CURRENT. IF THE CURRENT IS STRONGER, FLOAT WITH IT UNTIL IT DIES OUT, THEN SWIM TOWARD SHORE.

RIP CURRENTS CAUSE AT LEAST 100 DEATHS IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO WWW DOT RIP CURRENTS DOT NOAA DOT GOV.

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.