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187 beach rescues in one day amid rip currents: How to save yourself
187 beach rescues in one day amid rip currents: How to save yourself

Lifeguards made 187 rescues at Los Angeles County beaches Tuesday -- 88 of them at Venice Beach alone.  The rescues unfolded as an estimated 255,000 people visited county beaches, trying to escape the intense heat wave that has gripped Los Angeles this week. The beaches were experiencing powerful rip currents Tuesday, and some swimmers underestimated their pull.  Rip currents occur as incoming surf traps water near the shoreline. The water then flows along the shore until it reaches a dip in the floor, which channels the water back out to sea, creating a fast-moving current that can snare swimmers. To escape a rip current, officials say swimmers should allow themselves to...

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