Avoid dangerous rip currents; NWS advisory in effect   


The National Weather Service in Tiyan advises that east swells will continue to produce dangerous rip currents.

A high risk of rip currents remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Wednesday. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Surf of 8 to 10 feet, dangerous and frequent rip currents are expected along east facing reefs of the Marianas.

Rip currents are life-threatening and can sweep even the best swimmers out to sea. Inexperienced swimmers should not enter the water. Avoid the reef line, especially along east facing reefs. Never swim alone. If caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain calm and stay afloat while waiting for help. If swimming out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to avoid east-facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs. Rip currents are life-threatening.