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Rip Current Warning for South Florida through Sunday

South Florida Rip Currents
A no swimming flag flies on the beach in an area where there is a known rip current, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. South Florida beachgoers are being warned to be careful in the ocean after a rip current advisory was extended. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman Timothy Heiser says 23 rescues have been made along Fort Lauderdale beaches since Friday. (AP Photo)

The National Weather Service in Miami has issued a rip current warning for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties that will be in effect until at least Sunday morning.

Swimmers at area beaches should exercise caution when entering the water and if possible swim in sight of a lifeguard.

If conditions persist, the warnings may be extended through Memorial Day when large crowds are expected on South Florida beaches.

One person died earlier this month when they were caught in a rip current in the town of Palm Beach.

Rip currents are strong, outward flowing currents that move away from shore very quickly.

People caught in rip currents sometimes panic and attempt to swim against the pull of the water to get back to shore but tire out and suffer injury or death from drowning.

Ocean safety experts recommend if you are caught in a rip current you should swim parallel to the shore until you escape the outflow and can swim back to shore safely.

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NOAA

Rip Current Statement issued May 27 at 9:11AM EDT until May 29 at 8:00AM EDT
…HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING… * WHAT…Dangerous rip currents. * WHERE…Coastal Broward, Coastal Palm Beach and Coastal Miami- Dade Counties. * WHEN…Through Sunday morning.