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Westerly, R.I.

Lifeguards rescue swimmers from rip currents

Officials at Misquamicut State Beach said lifeguards rescued numerous swimmers from dangerous rip currents brought on by Hurricane Cristobal far off the New England coast. Misquamicut lifeguard manager Cooper Ferreria told WPRI-TV that many lifeguards made more than a dozen rescues each Wednesday. No serious injuries were reported. The National Weather Service issued an advisory for high surf of 6 to 12 feet and strong rip currents on the southern coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts through 8 a.m. Friday. A rip current, or undertow, is a narrow current of water flowing away from the beach that can carry swimmers out to sea. (AP)