British lifeguards said they rescued 17 people from a very rare flash current at Bournemouth Pier during the bank holiday.
The lifeguard spotted a large group of people in the sea around noon on August 30 and decided to conduct routine inspections and provide advice.
A lifeguard said: “When the lifeguard paddled up to the group of people, a flash of torrents began to form, and the group of people were swept into the sea.” statement Provided by the Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI).
Within minutes, RNLI dispatched 9 lifeguards and all 17 returned safely.
RNLI lifeguard supervisor Ethan Fox said: “It is very unusual for flash currents to form in this area, but when they form, they will develop rapidly.” The agency’s recommendation is to swim between the red and yellow flags-this is an area closely monitored by lifeguards throughout the day.”
According to RNLI, offshore currents are the number one cause of drowning on beaches around the world.
The current usually takes people away at a speed of 1-2 mph. However, they can reach 4 to 5 mph, which is faster than anyone’s swimming speed.
“Tearing is particularly powerful in larger surfs, but never underestimate the power of any water,” according to the RNLI website. “They have also been found in estuaries, estuaries and artificial structures such as piers and groynes.”
On the beach, cracks are usually caused by the action of waves dumping large amounts of water, which is then discharged unevenly through channels or cracks in the sand or seabed.
“Offshore currents are difficult to detect, but sometimes they can be identified by the tumbling, choppy waterways on the sea surface,” RNLI said.
They warned those caught in the offshore current not to swim against the current. Instead, people should swim parallel to the coast before returning to the beach.
Although rifts on the beach are the number one cause of drowning, overall, more than half of drowning incidents are people who accidentally find themselves in the water.
RNLI stated that if people find themselves in the water-whether falling from a boat or being trapped by currents-they should fight against instincts, struggle violently or swim. This may cause inhalation of water.
Instead, people are advised to relax and float on their backs.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times