The Coast Guard in Nantucket, MA reported dozens of rescues Wednesday, as waves crashed the shores from Hurricane Gert in the Atlantic. During a successful rescue of distressed swimmers, a lifeguard noticed an unresponsive male. With help from other off duty lifeguards, they pulled the body ashore but were unable to revive the man in his 40s. Wave heights were upwards of 12 feet with high rip current potential through the day. The beach was double red-flagged, indicating that swimming was not allowed.
— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) August 16, 2017
This story highlights the dangers of rip currents and just how dangerous high surf can be. Through July 31, there were 59 surf zone fatalities in the US and its territories. Forty of those were rip current related.
Preliminary data on fatalities which occurred in the surf zones across National Weather Service areas of forecast responsibility through July 31, 2017. This data is preliminary and may not be completely accurate. From: NOAA.
High surf from Hurricane Gert continues Thursday along the coast of Maine. High Surf Advisories are in place for high, dangerous surf and strong rip currents.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos