Rehoboth Beach Patrol Warns of Dangerous Rip Currents
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - "It's no joke."
That was the warning issued by Capt. Kent Buckson, from the Rehoboth Beach Patrol. He joined WBOC on the coast of Rehoboth Beach on Friday morning, to show just how dangerous the rip currents could be.
"You can see how it's pulling out right there," he said pointing at waves crashing down on the sand.
The National Weather Service has reiterated these warnings, alerting beachgoers that these hazardous conditions are expected to continue throughout the weekend.
"Once that rip current starts to pull out," Buckson said. "They're going out. And it's like they're on an escalator. And they're just being pulled out. And they're not coming back unless we go get them."
For much of Friday afternoon in Rehoboth Beach, there was simply a "Red Flag" advisory, which means they strongly advise you not to swim. However at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, the decision was made to no longer allow any swimming at all.
When asked if he would allow his children to swim this weekend, Buckson had an immediate response.
"Absolutely not," he said. "It's just too dangerous. It's better to play it safe. Try some other things to do on a rainy day. Hit the boardwalk. Go shopping. Go to the movies. But to try and swim in this environment, you're putting your child in danger."