Swimming http://wunc.org en Here's What A Rip Current Looks Like From The Beach http://wunc.org/post/heres-what-rip-current-looks-beach <p></p><p>It’s National Rip Current Awareness Week.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Rip currents killed at least seven people along the North Carolina coast last year, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p></p><p>Spencer Rogers is a specialist on shore erosion for <a href="http://www.ncseagrant.org/">North Carolina Sea Grant</a>.&nbsp; He says rip currents are a natural phenomenon that happen when narrow currents of water flow away from the coast.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:39:29 +0000 Eric Hodge 36553 at http://wunc.org Here's What A Rip Current Looks Like From The Beach State Officials Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents http://wunc.org/post/state-officials-warn-dangerous-rip-currents <p>Safety officials on the coast are trying to make beachgoers more aware of rip currents. Those are the narrow channels of waves that can pull swimmers dangerously far offshore. Signs along North Carolina’s coastline advise visitors to ‘Break the Grip of the Rip.’</p><p>Spencer Rogers is with the governmental research organization <a href="http://www.ncseagrant.org/" target="_blank">North Carolina Sea Grant</a>. He estimates that rip currents account for 80 percent of drowning and says the currents happen almost every day on North Carolina beaches, but are not always dangerous.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:16:27 +0000 Brent Wolfe & Avery Kleinman 16920 at http://wunc.org State Officials Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents Raleigh Swimmer Hits Olympic Trials at 40 http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-swimmer-hits-olympic-trials-40 <p>The U.S. Olympic swimming trials are underway in Omaha, Nebraska, and several North Carolinians have already qualified for the Olympic team headed to London this summer. Among the competitors in the trials' final days will be Raleigh's Erika Braun. She's one of only four swimmers in the country age 40 or older to qualify for the trials.<br> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:16:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2255 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Swimmer Hits Olympic Trials at 40