Moderate rip current advisory issued by National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a moderate rip current risk advisory today for the South Shore.

A rip current is when water rushes into the shore and rapidly back out to sea, taking even the most experienced swimmers with it.

It says although the advisory is only moderate, winds and wave conditions could get stronger and more frequent, causing a stronger rip current.

Long Beach Supervisor John Skudin says the key is to not panic if caught in a rip current. He advises swimming parallel to the beach and to then swim in when the current is lighter.A sixth-grade student from the city drowned last week in Long Beach.

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