Maximum alert for rip currents in Charente-Maritime, swimming strongly discouraged

Maximum alert for rip currents in Charente-Maritime, swimming strongly discouraged
Maximum alert for rip currents in Charente-Maritime, swimming strongly discouraged

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Martin Bizeray

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Jul 9, 2024 at 4:47 PM

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In Charente-Maritime, the alert level is at its maximum regarding the rip currents. For these reasons, swimming is not recommended this Tuesday July 9 and Wednesday July 10, 2024 in five beaches of the departmentThe five beaches concerned are as follows:

  • Grand Village Beach
  • Saint-Georges d’Oleron
  • Saint-Trojan
  • The Tremblade
  • The Maths

The beaches are marked by sea ​​currents that can be dangerous. Every year, swimmers are swept away and drown. Today, these currents are particularly strong and could easily drag you out to sea.

What is a rip current?

Riptides form during the rising tidewaves pass over the sandbanks and form a natural pool between the coast and a sandbank.

The riparian zones then empty, creating a strong current carrying everything out to sea. If you swim in one of these rip tides at high tide, the risk of being swept out to sea is extremely high.

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If you ever get caught in one of these riptides, it is recommended to don’t fight the current and try to alert sea rescuers or people on the beach by making large signs.

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