Surf conditions dangerous in P.E.I. National Park

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P.E.I. National Park staff are warning that high surf conditions on Monday have made it dangerous to swim at the national park beaches. (Charlie Ross - image credit)
P.E.I. National Park staff are warning that high surf conditions on Monday have made it dangerous to swim at the national park beaches. (Charlie Ross - image credit)

Surf conditions in P.E.I. National Park are dangerous and visitors are advised not to enter the water, according to a warning issued by Parks Canada on Monday.

"Rip currents may be formed along the shores due to high winds and resulting surf conditions," reads a written release. "To ensure the safety of all beach goers, entering the water is not recommended in these conditions and people are asked to follow surf guard instructions."

P.E.I. beaches are prone to rip currents, which form when waves push a lot of water onto the beach. In a rip current, the water runs back out to sea in a narrow channel. The current is too fast to swim against, and people caught can be swept out into deep water.

The best defence against a rip current is to stay on the beach.

Parks Canada/Government of P.E.I.
Parks Canada/Government of P.E.I.

Should you be caught in a rip current do not attempt to swim directly to shore. The current is too strong and fighting it will tire you out.

If there is someone on shore who can throw you a line, try to attract their attention. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the rip current. The waves will then assist you in making it back to the beach.