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Institute of Tourism installs signs warning of rip currents


By A.M. Costa
Rica staff

The Tourism Institute selected 100 of the most popular beaches with the highest risk of drowning due to the presence of rip currents.

A rip current, often simply called a rip, or by the misnomer rip tide, is a specific kind of water current which can occur near beaches with breaking waves.

A rip is a strong, localized, and narrow current of water which moves directly from the shore, cutting through the lines of breaking waves like a river running out to sea, and is strongest near the surface of the water.

The institute’s representative said that the preventative action is a result of teamwork between the tourism institute and the Red Cross. Its goal is “to improve safety conditions on beaches with major tourist visitors."

The Red Cross provides volunteers and lifeguards during the high season on the identified beaches with the greatest risk potential. The institute will provide ¢60 million colones ($100,000) each year until 2020.

Victor Ramírez, from the Tourism Institute said that, "Preventive signals on beaches is part of a tourism security strategy to alert people about return rip currents, and there is printed and digital material with more information for tourist agencies and the public.

There is also a video with recommendations that is projected on the screens of the Juan Santamaría Airports in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber Quirós in Liberia."

Between 70 and 80 percent of the tourists who visit Costa Rica enjoy beach activities.

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Tourism Institute courtesy
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 Caution sings
goal is to improve safety conditions
on beaches with major tourist visitors.


Ramirez added that people should always maintain precautionary measures when they are on the beaches. "If you do not know how to swim, do not let the water rise above your waist. If you know how to swim, always be careful and watch out for sea conditions, ask the locals about the type of beach, verify the presence of lifeguards, but first of all, before you enter the water, wait at least two hours after eating or drinking alcohol.”

The Red Cross reported that in September three tourists died were drowned: on 19th, two U.S. tourists identified as Darren Mizokami, 48 years old and Kimberly Tean Mizokami, 41 years old, both were drowned in El Salto waterfall near Samara beach in Nicoya in Guanacaste. On 28th an U.S. tourist surname Ramsey, 51 years old, died in Prieta beach in Santa Cruz in Guanacaste.

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