VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla - Rip currents along the East Coast kept lifeguards busy in Florida over the weekend after 268 beachgoers needed to be rescued from the dangerous surf.
According to FOX 35 Orlando, 268 people were rescued from the Atlantic this weekend.
Volusia County Beach Safety reported 138 people needed to be rescued on Saturday, while 130 people were pulled from the water on Sunday.
FOX 35 reported that a 57-year-old Orlando woman was caught in a rip current when witnesses reported seeing her struggling to make it safely back on shore and was then submerged by the rough surf.
Lifeguards were able to get her back to land and immediately began to perform CPR on her until she regained a pulse and started to breathe.
FOX 35 reports that the woman was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.
Rip currents are strong, narrow currents that move away from the shore and out to sea at high speed, occurring at any beach that has breaking waves – even the Great Lakes.
Given how deadly rip currents can be each year, it's essential to understand how to survive if you are unfortunate enough to be caught in one.
"If you do get caught in a rip current, the best thing you can do is stay calm," said Dr. Gregory Dusek in NOAA's rip current survival guide. "It's not going to pull you underwater, it's just going to pull you away from shore."
You're advised to call and wave for help to get the attention of a lifeguard on duty. Do your best to float, and don't swim back toward the shore (against the rip current) because it will just make you tired.
"You want to swim out of the rip, parallel to shore, along the beach, and then follow breaking waves back to shore at an angle," Dusek added.