I noted the reference to “possible rip tides” in (the May 21) My Thoughts column. For several years the National Weather Service, U.S. Lifesaving Association, etc. have been engaged in educational efforts to properly identify Rip CURRENTS as powerful channels of water moving away from shore (as opposed to a TIDE, which refers to the daily rise and fall of sea level). Unfortunately the old, incorrect terminology of “rip tides” and “undertow” lingers on.
Please use the correct terminology of RIP CURRENT when referring to this deadly hazard.
FYI…Check out the following link to a very informative rip current safety presentation prepared by NWS, USLA & Sea Grant http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ilm/RipA/2014/player.html
Thanks for your support.
Frank D. Smith, Fire Chief
Town of Wrightsville Beach