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Aftermath of Hurricane Arthur Threatens Local Beaches

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Fortunately for us here on Delmarva, we were able to dodge Hurricane Arthur’s path. However, with many people heading to the beaches for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, there’s a new problem to look out for: Rip Currents.

Cody Quig lives in Wilmington, but every summer for the past five years he comes down to Rehoboth Beach to patrol the beaches as a lifeguard.

"I love it,” said Quig. “I wouldn't change it for the world."

This weekend his job got a little busier. Hurricane Arthur is gone, but the threat of the hurricane lingers within the ocean waters.

"Rip currents are a problem every day,” said Quig. “We always worry about them. Today they're not as bad as we thought they would be, but you should always be on the look out for them."

And that’s exactly what many did. Some watched from the shore while others enjoyed the waves of the ocean.

For some tourists, they were a little cautious before getting in.

"If the waves are low then yeah I’ll go out,” said Michael Hansan of Bethesda. “But if not then I’ll stay aware because of the rip currents."

Before entering the beach there are caution signs for rip currents. Captain Kent Buckson of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol says keeping an eye on the water and staying in touch with the lifeguards is important. If you are caught in a rip current staying calm is key.

"Usually when people panic they loose all train of thought, they're not sure what to do,” said Captain Buckson. “So if they can remain calm and not panic the rip current is going to pull them out but it's not going to pull them under. So they can literally just ride the rip current out and wait for it to dissolve and the swim back in."

While the crowds of people are enjoying the waters, lifeguards remain on patrol and on the look out for any trouble.

 

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