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Riptide Threat At The Jersey Shore

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Tropical Storm Bertha is coming dangerously near the Jersey coast leaving hazardous riptides in its wake. Riptides are responsible for many deaths, including Brad Smith who died in a riptide in Wildwood, New Jersey just last week.

Even though Bertha has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, that doesn’t mean you won’t feel its effects on the Jersey Shore. Lifeguards are on high alert, including Steve Malleck, of Point Pleasant Beach, who has been a lifeguard for seven years.

“They are popping up everywhere. They are very serious and will suck you out real fast. You are going to want to swim horizontally, don’t swim straight into it, and don’t panic, just relax,” Malleck advised.

Many parents are also very worried about the riptides, including Daniel Dacey, a Point Pleasant beachgoer.

“You can see how the waves are almost coming in a circle,” Dacey pointed out.

If you are visiting the shore this week, be safe! Swim near the lifeguard, and do not go off on your own!

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