High rip current risk expected for end of week

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — It was a beautiful day to be at the beach on the Gulf Coast Wednesday but that is expected to change for Thursday and Friday. 

Green flags were flying on Pensacola Beach and hundreds of people were out enjoying the weather.  However, a high rip current risk is in effect from Thursday morning until late Friday night. The surf is expected to go up five to eight feet along the coast. 

Pensacola Beach Water Safety Captain Jake Wilson wants swimmers to know what to do if caught in a rip current. 

“Definitely wave or call for help if you can and the lifeguards will come out and try to assist you,” Wilson said. “Don’t panic. Keep your head above water and if you can, swim parallel to shore so swim east or west. Don’t try to swim in and fight the rip current. You’ll just wear yourself out.”

Red flags are expected sometime Thursday and probably Friday along the Gulf Coast beaches. 

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