I feel very bad for these people, but I do fear another "cracking down" about rip current "safety" i.e. - total paranoia at the beach when there is waist high swell and onshore wind over 5 kt. There are beaches in New York that are so fearful of liability that they close/limit surfing when someone farts.
Don't people realize the ocean isn't a POOL and open water swimming/wading is inherently dangerous? I know that I am preaching to the choir, I'm just thinking out loud.
At least they wrap up the article nice: "Surfers, however, are enjoying the larger swells."
That's sad to hear....I heard the count was up to 7 dead now and 1 still missing. I doubt they planned to swim 100 yards out. They probably were swimming near the shore line and had gotten sucked out 100 yards out. That sounds more like it. I saw that happen all weekend. The rip was hella wicked. Life guards were saving people all weekend.....mostly Saturday.
Last edited by Aguaholic; Jul 16, 2008 at 12:40 PM.
I work at Manasquan beach. There is usually two lifeguard stands in between two jetties. They put one down and red flagged it, while they put all 4 guards on the other stand (north stand cause of currents)
As for the Inlet, they let people surf there, but a bunch hit the jetty. They were letting people bodyboard/bodysurf in the waves as long as they had fins on. They were busy this weekend.
That's easy to do in WW. I was surfing a few blocks from where it all went down and there is a very deep hole on the inside. The rips didn't seem all that bad on sat night but the swell was pretty good size.