Marine Scotland

Calm seas are deceptively dangerous, warn scientists

March 11, 2014 by No Comments | Category Marine Scotland general, Marine Scotland Science

Seaside swimmers face the greatest risk of being dragged out into deep water when the waves are small and the tide is low, new research has revealed. The study, carried out on beaches throughout Devon and Cornwall, UK, says dangerous rip currents are at their most potent in small but long waves caused by distant storms.

Brought to you by Plymouth Marine Laboratory ( on behalf of the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee.

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