© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
The surfguards at Brackley Beach in the P.E.I National Park keep a close eye on the swimmers as people flocked to the beach to try to beat the heat Saturday.
Parks Canada says the surf conditions at Brackley Beach in Prince Edward Island National Park today are now considered dangerous.
Rip currents may be formed along the shores due to high winds and resulting surf conditions. To ensure visitor safety, Parks Canada does not recommend entering the water in these conditions and visitors are asked to follow surfguard instructions.
Rip currents are a hazard on P.E.I. beaches and form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves and the beach. One of the ways this water returns to sea is to form a rip current, a narrow stream of water moving swiftly away from shore. The danger is when swimmers become trapped in the rapid current and are swept offshore. Swimmers are advised not to panic if they get caught in a rip current, but to relax and swim parallel to shore to get out of the current; then swim back to shore.
For more information, contact Parks Canada at: (902) 672-6350 or visit the website at www.parkscanada.ca/pei.