The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is warning about the dangers of rip currents after four people were rescued in North Yorkshire by the charity’s lifeguards this weekend. Following the rescues, the RNLI urged people to ensure they swim within the red and yellow flags on lifeguarded beaches. This is the most closely monitored area and is assessed by RNLI lifeguards each day as the safest place to swim.
The safe-swim area will be away from rips, which are strong currents running out to sea and can quickly take swimmers from shallow water out beyond their depth. They are especially powerful in larger surf but are also found around river mouths, estuaries and man-made structures like piers and groynes.