© 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 is advising individuals to stay out of the water at the Prince Edward Island National Park today.
An update on the park’s Facebook page Thursday morning said surf conditions in the park are dangerous.
“To ensure the safety of our beach visitors, everyone is being asked to please follow the surfguard instructions,” stated the message.
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.
For more information, contact Parks Canada at: (902) 672-6350 or visit the website at www.parkscanada.ca/pei.