If you frequent the WVUM office, you have surely heard a loud honk when the weather becomes cloudy. This is not a new style in music that “the Voice” is promoting—instead the noise comes from the UM swimming pool across from the office. That honk is an alarm that lets students know that there is a risk of lighting, and that they must evacuate the pool. This is the sort of precaution that keeps swimmers safe during storms, and during hurricane season all precautions should be taken.
This Saturday, August 28th , a group of four swimmers in Ocean City, Maryland, showed signs of distress and three were rescued by officials. Now a search is on to find the fourth swimmer, who is believed to have been carried by strong rip currents. The local officials are still looking for the swimmer. These dangerous rip tides are caused by Hurricane Danielle. Off the east coast of the country, Danielle is affecting swimmers and surfers alike in the Maryland beach areas. 250 surf rescues were made in Ocean City on Saturday alone, due to the storm.
Danielle’s effects are also being felt on Florida’s beaches. In Brevard county, 30 rescues were made because of dangerous rip currents. There are reports all along Florida’s coast of similar stories. Beach patrol officials are advising that swimmers stay close to life guard stations, and that they avoid swimming past 6 p.m.
WVUM would like to remind you to always take precaution when there is a storm near the coast, to be alert of all the safety signs posted on the beach, and to always stay out of the water when you hear the honk. Remember, you can’t keep it locked if you’re drowning!
Image provided by NASA telescopes of Hurricane Danielle