Strong currents at the beach are usually referred to as a riptide or a rip current. When you find yourself stuck in a very strong current in the seawater, following a few simple steps can minimise your risk of injury.
If you do intend to go into seawaters during your holiday, it is important that you know how to manage if you are stuck in a very strong current. After all, if you do experience an accident on holiday due to ignoring safety warnings or acting irresponsibly, you are unlikely to be able to claim travel accident compensation on your return home.
What to do when youre stuck in a very strong current
In the event that you do find yourself stuck in a very strong current when swimming in the sea, you should shout for help from the lifeguard and raise your arm.
As difficult as it may be, try to remain calm and not waste energy panicking and flapping in the water. Use any objects you can to stay afloat.
You will not be able to fight against the rip current and swim back to shore. It is too strong. With that in mind, if you do find yourself stuck in a very strong current, allow it to move you and glide away with the current. It will not take you right out into the deep depths of the sea.
Once, and only when, the rip current has subsided, begin to swim back to shore. If you are unable to swim, signal and shout for help again.
Claiming compensation for accidents on holiday
If you have been involved in an accident on holiday through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.
Holiday accident compensation claims can be complex, which is why at Accident Advice Helpline we offer a free initial consultation for all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we will determine both your eligibility to claim and where liability is likely to fall.
Getting in touch with us
For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice