Forecasters warned Tuesday of a high risk of dangerous rip currents on the south-facing beaches of the islands of Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, and a moderate risk of the currents along most beaches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
When there’s a moderate risk of rip currents, the National Weather Service says, people should check with local beach patrols before entering the surf zone, should swim in guarded areas, and never swim alone or at night.
When there’s a high risk of rip currents, “dangerous and potentially life threatening conditions exist for all people entering the surf,” the forecasters said.
For more information from the weather service on how to avoid getting caught in a rip current, click here.
New England has seen a series of drownings this month as more people have ventured to the water to fend off the hot weather. In the latest tragedy, the body of a 10-year-old girl was recovered from Narragansett Bay Monday, a day after strong currents swept her off a sandbar and a bystander died trying to save her.
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