Rip current warning after 16 near drowning

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - If you're going to the beach Monday, park your towel in the sand near one of these lifeguard stands.

Lifeguards across the county will be keeping a close eye out on the water because of rip currents.

On Sunday, 16 people nearly drowned, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Firefighters responded to four separate incidents both at Lake Worth Beach and in Jupiter where people got swept out to sea after getting caught in rip currents.

One person was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Several others were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

So what do you do if you're caught in a rip current?

  • Don't fight the current you'll get overtired.
  • Try to swim parallel to the shore, and once out of the current swim at an angle away from it.

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