The unfortunate has happened again, just yesterday. A young man was boogie boarding in the ocean on the Oregon Coast, and got swept out. His dad went in after him and unfortunately died trying to rescue his son.
These unfortunate tragedies happen every year. I don’t know if people underestimate their swimming ability or what, but the ocean is a force that is not to be messed with.
That is one thing I have heard my whole life is to never underestimate the power of the ocean, because it can kill you if you aren’t careful. While we don’t have sharks or anything like that really off the Oregon Coast, besides the typical ocean current, which is powerful in and of itself, we also get rip currents which are hazardous to swimmers if you get in one. Even if everything looks calm, and it’s a beautiful day with blue skies and little wind, they can still be there under the surface.
For the average beach goers who just wants to go wading a little bit and get their feet wet, really have nothing to worry about. It’s when you start getting out deeper, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, etc when problems tend to arise and people need the coast guard to come rescue them, if they even survive.
Having grown up in Oregon, and having been going to the beach here in Oregon since I was a baby, I was taught all about rip currents and how powerful the ocean is and how important it is to have a healthy respect for it. I have been to the beach in Florida and Hawaii as well, and the mindset I was raised with, that the ocean is not a swimming pool, and it needs to be respected.