Almost two thirds of the beaches on the Romanian coast are affected by the so-called “rip currents”. Specialists point out that it is impossible to swim against them and that even experienced swimmers could not cope with them.
“These beaches hide a danger from rip currents. They represent water currents oriented towards the sea, from the beach area towards the sea, they are perpendicular to the beach and are characterized by a horizontal flow of water. Swimming against this current is like swimming upstream in a mountain river. You have no chance to advance”, Florin Tătui, a professor at the Faculty of Geography of the University of Bucharest, explained to Digi24.
He added that the most affected sectors are the beaches at Eforie Nord, Costinești, 2 Mai, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.
“If you are caught by rip currents and feel yourself being pulled out to sea, you must remain calm, do not panic and try to float. These currents do not drag us to the bottom, but we float out to sea, at quite high speeds. Try waving your hands and yelling for help. Do not swim against the current. We have to swim parallel to the beach until we feel that we are no longer being pulled offshore and then swim towards the beach,” he explained.
In this summer’s busiest weekend on the coast, 3 tourists drowned in Mamaia and one in Venus, after venturing into the sea even though the red flag was flying. Another 4 were saved at the last moment in Neptun. Lifeguards are stunned by people’s behavior and say that tourists simply ignore any warnings, even though they may pay with their lives.
Editor : M.B.