The ocean is fun to swim in but can be very dangerous if you're not careful. Two New York City men drowned on Long Island over the weekend.
Long Beach Chief Lifeguard Paul Gillespie says the Brooklyn man who died in Long Beach went into the water when lifeguards weren't on duty. Another Brooklyn man died at Rogers Beach in Westhampton Beach the same day. Dozens throughout the island were rescued.
Lifeguard John Skudin says rip currents typically happen where the rocks are. There is usually discoloration, which is the sand getting pulled out. With the rip current risk in effect through Tuesday night, lifeguards are watching closely and swimmers at Long Beach and Jones Beach are paying attention.
Lifeguards say if you do get stuck in a rip current, let yourself drift out. You should not swim against it. Once you feel it subside, swim parallel and then back toward the shore.
You're always safest swimming between the flags. Depending on the beach and field, lifeguards are on duty until at least 6 p.m.