PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The National Weather Service says a “high rip current risk” is in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday night for shore towns in New Jersey.
Sea Isle City Beach Patrol Captain Renny Steele says such days at the shore are actually more frequent in August.
“It’s a little early to get this kind of surf in this kind of weather in July. Typically, the tropical storms and hurricanes out at sea create bigger surf for us.”
He says on these high risk days for rip currents, danger can come at any time.
“Things happen quickly on days like today. In other words, you can be standing waist deep and all of a sudden you’re over your head and it happens very, very quickly. So you want to be very cautious.”
He says certain beaches could restrict flotation devices like boogie boards or rafts for example so he stresses listening to any instruction from lifeguards.