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Rip currents add to rough weekend for swimmers at Jones Beach

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 17:21:06-04

JONES BEACH, L.I. — You can see from the whitecaps how rough the ocean water is at Jones beach.

What you can’t see are the rip currents beneath the waves. That means that despite a hot, humid summer day, lifeguards are taking no chances, as they put up the red flags up to prohibit swimming.

The hope is that by Sunday, waters will calm as Tropical Storm Fay moves further away and the red flags can be replaced with green ones.

Bathers on Saturday were allowed to go into the water only just up to their ankles to cool off a bit. PIX11 News watched as lifeguards called some people back who waded in a little too far.

For lifeguards, this summer has been particularly challenging with COVID-19, because it’s hard to rescue someone from a distance of six feet.

Tomorrow's temperatures are supposed to be in the 90s so if you plan to come to Jones Beach, the best bet is to set up close to the lifeguards.