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DANGEROUS SEA CONDITIONS ALONG THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE BVI

DANGEROUS SEA CONDITIONS ALONG THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE BVI

March 11, 20164969Views

A very strong high pressure system north of the area is generating brisk north easterly winds resulting in rough seas in excess of 10ft along coastal areas, in particular the northern coasts. For this reason warnings are in effect for small craft operators and sea bathers.

Rip currents are also possible due to the wind, wave and swell action. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from the shore.  These currents occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties and piers.

If you become caught in a rip current yell for help, remain calm, do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for help.

If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to the shore and back towards the beach when possible.  DO NOT attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will become tired quickly.

There is a high surf advisory in place which means high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions.

Please follow the advice of Lifeguards, beach patrol, flags and signs.

Rip Current Warning!High Surf Warning!