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Warning issued for Fort Myers beaches

Posted at 6:27 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 18:27:07-05
FORT MYERS BEACH, FLA.- The National Weather Service warns Fort Myers beaches are part of a warning for rip currents and high tides. 
 
Florida Department of Health spokeswoman, Diane Holm, explained to Fox 4 what makes rip currents so dangerous. 
 
"A rip current is basically water flowing from the shore back out to sea and it pulls people back out to sea."
 
Holm told Fox 4, usually, the water won't look any different when there's a rip current. So what do you do if you can't see it and you get caught in one?
 
"Float! go with it. Don't fight it. It will take you out, further than you may be comfortable being out, but it will set you free."
 
Once you're free, avid swimmer John Scott, says the rest is easy.
 
"Continue to swim parallel with the beach, find where it doesn't pull you, and work your way in at an angle."
 
For more tips on how to stay safe in a rip current, check out this website: 
 
http://www.usla.org/?page=RIPCURRENTS