Graphic explains a rip current
Officials with the Prince Edward Island National Park issued a statement Sunday stating that surf conditions in the park continue to be dangerous and are warning people not to go into the water.
Surf conditions have been dangerous for the past several days and with the heavy surf come rip currents that can turn deadly for swimmers.
Rip currents 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, but to remain calm and swim parallel to shore to get out of the current. Once they are free of the current they can swim back to shore.