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How to know when waves can be deadly after video captured final moments of woman swept away by tide

How to know when waves can be deadly after video captured final moments of woman swept away by tide

Knowing when waves are dangerous could save your life

If you were at a beach and the waves started violently crashing, would you know it was a risk to your life?

Some people wouldn’t even think twice about jumping in and that’s why knowing when it’s too risky is lifesaving after a woman was recently filmed being swept away into the ocean.

According to reports, a search has now begun for the woman but so far has been unsuccessful.

There have been a number of cases where people have unwittingly met their death in the ocean like the British tourist who died trying to save two children on holiday.

One act can change the course of your life and everyone around you.

Many people don't know they're in danger until it's too late and a wave comes and robs you of your life in an instant.

A woman was recently filmed being swept away into the ocean. (Getty Stock Image)
A woman was recently filmed being swept away into the ocean. (Getty Stock Image)

However, to prevent further incidents from happening, you should know when it is safe to enter the sea and what to do if you find yourself struggling.

According to the Brighton and Hove City Council, you need to swim along the shore diagonally.

It states: "Always swim parallel to the shore and stay in your depth. In certain locations and with spring tides the currents can feel like they're pulling you along and out to sea.

"Stay calm and swim diagonally across to the nearest point on the beach."

This is so that our shores, which tend to be lateral, can take you 'east or west dependent on the tide movement.'

When swimming parallel, you'll be able to escape the grip of the current much easier.

Knowing when waves are dangerous could save your life. (Getty Stock Image)
Knowing when waves are dangerous could save your life. (Getty Stock Image)

The National Weather Service advises to ‘stay dry when the waves are high’ and watch out for fast moving shorebreak or large high surf waves.

Its website says: “Shorebreak waves breaking directly on the sand can cause spinal injuries when people are thrown into the bottom head first. This can also lead to drowning.

“High surf also presents a significant risk to people in the surf zone, both in the water and along the immediate shoreline.”

It's always best to 'choose guarded beaches'. (Getty Stock Image)
It's always best to 'choose guarded beaches'. (Getty Stock Image)

The National Weather Service also warns to 'stay situationally aware at all times' and to 'never turn your back on the ocean'.

It adds: “The best way to always be safe is to choose guarded beaches. Lifeguards are trained to help if you get in trouble. They are also the best source of information about beach conditions and hazards.

“Keeping yourself safe while also helping others can save lives. When you see someone else in trouble, and before you act, stay calm and make a plan.

“It is extremely important to protect your head and neck whenever you are in breaking waves by keeping your hands in front of you at all times.”

Featured Image Credit: Getty Stock Images

Topics: Travel, Holiday