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NWS Rip Current Safety Program

Medical Affects of the Rip

The most obvious danger of rip currents is that it can pull you out to sea further than you can swim back to shore. Even when it doesn't pull it victims far out, many panic and drown.

But even rip current survivors faces threats to their future health and well being. In particular, neck and spinal cord problems. Read more about the long term medical problems of rip current survivors from Project Wipeout.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2011