HIGHLANDS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — With a storm hovering off shore this weekend, rip currents may be popping up at beaches along the Jersey Shore.
The currents have already claimed lives this summer.
The normally peaceful shores of Sandy Hook became frenzied on Wednesday night, as lifeguards searched for a missing swimmer. On Friday morning, divers recovered the 25-year-old’s body. Officials said a rip current was responsible. The powerful flow of water away from the shore can move faster than an Olympic swimmer. Rip currents can form at any beach with breaking waves.
“It’s not big enough waves for people to be worried about going in the water, so they feel comfortable but conditions can still generate rip currents they’re not aware of, and that’s when we get into trouble,” said Dr. John Miller.