Elijah Posana, 22, was swimming at Surfside Beach when he got into trouble. Officials said Posana was pulled by a tearing current and was never seen after that.
The Coast Guard sent boats and a helicopter in the hopes of locating him.
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Rip currents are not only dangerous, they can be fatal. Here is some important information to know before swimming in these waters.
- The phenomenon kills around 100 people every year on American beaches
- Rip currents don’t drag you underwater. Instead, they take you away from the shore
- If you get caught in one, don’t try to swim to shore or panic. Both of these actions will only tire you out faster, increasing the danger.
- Instead, swim parallel to the shore. If you’re too tempted to swim side-by-side, you can try to float calmly until the current subsides, or you can wave and scream to try and get the attention of a lifeguard.
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