Lifeguards: Rip currents larger than usual

Lifeguards at the beaches in Seaside Heights Sunday said Hurricane Bill caused another day of dangerous rip currents, forcing beachgoers to refrain from swimming. According to lifeguards, the rip currents

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2009, 3:40 PM

Updated 5,448 days ago

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Lifeguards at the beaches in Seaside Heights Sunday said Hurricane Bill caused another day of dangerous rip currents, forcing beachgoers to refrain from swimming.
According to lifeguards, the rip currents they usually see at New Jersey beaches are about 100-feet wide, whereas the ones this weekend have reached 500-feet wide. Nick Casper, a lifeguard in Seaside Heights, says the waves were about 8-feet high.
A stretch of sand was eroded by the powerful tide overnight, creating an area that looked more like a wading pool than flat beach. Residents say they hope the water will be calmer next weekend.


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