Definition of rip current in English:

rip current

Pronunciation /rip ˈkərənt/ /rɪp ˈkərənt/

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  • A relatively strong, narrow current flowing outward from the beach through the surf zone and presenting a hazard to swimmers.

    Also called undertow
    Compare with riptide

    ‘Swimmers caught in this current should swim parallel to the shore until they are out of the rip current.’
    • ‘Conditions were rough in the river mouth and out to sea, with a strong rip current, heavy rain and thick cloud cover.’
    • ‘We swam out and I managed to pull the boy out of the strong rip current.’
    • ‘Now known as Black Sunday, on that day 300 people were carried seaward in a rip current.’
    • ‘He got caught in a strong rip current which caused him to lose his footing and he was swept out to sea.’
    • ‘To increase your chances of survival in a rip current, swimmers should swim parallel to the shore until the current lessens and then swim to shore.’
    • ‘Before long, the two surfers were caught outside 30-foot closeout waves with no hopes of paddling back in against the torrential rip current.’
    • ‘Two people bathing in the sea at the Cove on July 22, 2000 had to be rescued when they got into difficulty in a dangerous rip current.’
    • ‘If you're caught in a rip current, don't fight it by trying to swim directly to shore.’
    • ‘We were told also by other beach strollers that children caught in the rip current earlier had to be rescued.’
    • ‘Crashing waves pose an obvious hazard, and then there are tides, rip currents and strong winds to consider.’
    • ‘I swam right through the rip currents and broke through the surface on the other side.’
    • ‘In seas up to eight feet and dangerous rip currents, two of the three Cuban migrants struggled to stay afloat.’