More Rescues as Surf is Rough near Salisbury Beach
More swimmers were rescued from Salisbury Beach on Friday as local rip current conditions are creating rough surf for swimmers as the final weekend of spring has a summer-like feel.
Two swimmers were rescued on Friday by four Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation lifeguards were training around 2 p.m. CBS Boston reported a third was assisted by a Good Samaritan earlier in the day. On Thursday people were caught in a rip current on the north end of the beach around 1:50 p.m. and were assisted out of the water by other beachgoers.
The National Weather Service has not issued any Rip Current advisories for the shore but the DRC has a public advisory warning for rips at Salisbury Beach. National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Cadima said locally rough conditions can develop.
Hampton Beach head lifeguard Patrick Murphy told CBS Boston that those areas can look flat because they don't look as rough but in fact are just as dangerous as a rip current.
Lifeguards go on duty at Salisbury daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. starting Saturday.
Saturday will be partly sunny with temperatures in the upper 80s with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Sunday looks to be sunny in the upper 80s again.
The National Weather Service advises if you get caught in a rip current:
- Remain calm
- Don't fight the current
- Think of a rip current like a treadmill you can't turn off. You want to step to the side.
- Swim across the current in a direction following the shoreline
- When out of the current swim and angle away from the current and toward shore.
- If you can’t escape the rip try to float, or calmly tread water. Rip current
strength eventually subsides offshore. When it does, swim toward shore.
- If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw atten-
tion to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.