More rip currents expected today, a day after 16 people nearly drowned at Palm Beach County beaches

One person still in critical condition

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- More rip currents are expected along Palm Beach County beaches Monday, one day after 16 people nearly drowned because of the dangerous currents.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to several calls at area beaches on Sunday.

Two incidents happened at Ocean Cay Park in Jupiter. Eight people had to be pulled from the water after getting swept out by rip currents.

One person was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while two others were taken for follow-up treatments.

At Lake Worth Beach, first responders also responded to two separate calls involving near-drowning incidents.

During one call, six people who nearly drowned had to be taken to area hospitals.

This incident happened just after 7 p.m., when lifeguards were off duty.

If you plan on going to the beach during rip current warnings, make sure to swim by a lifeguard.

If you get caught in a rip current, don't fight it.

Try to swim parallel to the shore, and once you get out of the current swim diagonally away from it.

If you can't swim back, wave towards the shore and yell to try to get a lifeguard's attention.

For more on rip current safety: http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/overview.shtml
 

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