A couple minutes into this video, you see teenager Erynn Johns and her dad, Derrick Johns, get pulled out from the shore in a riptide. As they struggled to make it back to shore, a good samaritan swam out to Erynn and towed her to shore with her selfie stick.
When you’re a the beach, understanding what a rip current looks and feels like can save your life. You shouldn’t try to swim against the rip current, but rather parallel to the beach until you get out of the current – then head back to the beach. Watch the following video to learn more about avoiding and surviving rip currents.