The beaches in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera may look OK to swim, play in the surf, or just catch some rays, but if you are not an experienced swimmer some might be not so safe.
The streams identified in four parts of the state endanger the lives of tourists who are not expert swimmers or come without warning.
- Isla Blanca
- Punta Cancun
- Punta Nizuc
- Arenales de Tulum
These four are considered the most dangerous beaches for swimmers, due to the strong currents that form at these points and that are known as rip currents.
Rip currents are specially dangerous because they pull the swimmer further into open sea; dragging them rapidly away from the shore.
Most people first instinct is to get back to the beach asap, so the start swimming against the current causing many to succumb to exhaustion and eventually drown.
To escape a rip current, lifeguards suggest to swim with the current (mostly right), or get carried out to sea, because there comes a point where the pulling breaks and one may return to the shore without so much effort.
The danger of rip currents cannot be overstated. With summer vacation swiftly approaching, NOAA’s National Weather Service, National Sea Grant Program and the United States Lifesaving Association have joined forces again for its “Break the Grip of the Rip” Rip Current Awareness Week campaign, June 7–13.
The campaign is a focused effort to help swimmers, surfers and other beach/lake enthusiasts understand, avoid and survive being caught in rip currents.
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