Jul 29, 2015 8:04 PM

24 people rescued from Hampton Beach rip tides in 2 days


HAMPTON - Life guards at Hampton Beach have rescued 24 people during strong rip tides Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rip currents are common during low tide, said Captain Patrick Murphy with the NH State Beach Patrol.

The number of swimmers rescued during the 2015 season has already passed last years total.

Murphy says it's critical parents and swimmers keep a close watch, and learn how to get out of a riptide.

"Let it take you out because once it takes you out i'ts not going to pull you under and if you fight it that’s when its going to get you in danger," Murphy said.

None of the swimmers rescued Tuesday and Wednesday were injured, Murphy said.

The most dangerous area for rip currents is toward the north/central part of the beach, Murphy said. Life guard chairs 10 and 11 (near the public restrooms) overlook that area.


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