The most common mistake drowning victims make is to panic and try to swim directly toward the shore. Eventually, the excess water starts to return seaward through low areas in the sandbar, "ripping" an opening.This "undertow" can sweep a weak swimmer off of their feet and into deeper water, and he may panic as the wave crashes over his head.The undertow disperses almost immediately until the next wave approaches, then the cycle starts again.There is a strong rip current located next to the jetty.This rip current is the strongest and most dangerous on the entire Texas coast, and on big days it can suck you out to the end of the jetty into the "pit" where the biggest waves will break, and likely wash you back onto the rocks.
Beach side activities feature sand castle lessons, horseback riding, atvs and more. Rip currents Typically, strong wind and swell waves push water over a sandbar allowing excess water to collect. RIP CURRENTS KILL SWIMMERS EVERY YEAR HERE AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf. Undertow is a concern mostly for weak swimmers or the unfortunate non-swimmer. Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents. South Padre Island EMS (956) 761-5454 Cameron County Park System (956) 761-5494 U. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island (956) 761-2668 Cameron County Parks Police (956) 761-5283Rip currents (mistakenly called rip tides or undertows) are common and can be found almost daily on all South Padre Island Beaches. DON'T DRINK AND SWIMCALL 911 first for any emergency. Moderate Risk - Wave Heights 3-5' and/or Wind Speed 10-20 kts. Even the best Olympic swimmers are not able to successfully swim toward shore in the strongest rip currents., especially in the vicinity of groins, jetties, and piers.If you get caught in the rip, simply South Padre Island - the best beach in Texas!South Padre Island, the gem of the Texas coast boasts miles of tropical beach front resort shoreline and a warm family friendly atmosphere that is perfect for your beach vacation.