Coast Guard issues warning to swimmers along East Coast as Henri passes

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is advising boaters and all persons enjoying the water this weekend to be aware of the dangers presented by the possibility of increased sea states and the potential for increased rip currents as Tropical Storm Henri passes through the Mid-Atlantic region.

Boaters who are anticipating going out over the weekend should ensure they check conditions before launching, and ensure it is safe for their vessel. In addition, wearing a life jacket, having a reliable form of communication like a marine band radio and filing a float plan are simple ways to increase survivability and direct rescuers to you accurately if you encounter trouble.

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Rip currents are created from turbulent sea conditions offshore.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an estimated 100 people are killed each year as a result of rip currents. With the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri off the Mid-Atlantic coast, rip current potential can increase.

Beachgoers should only swim where there are on-duty lifeguards and follow guidance from local authorities on surf conditions.

If you see someone in danger, do not hesitate to contact your local 911 operator.