NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Officials at Misquamicut State Beach say lifeguards rescued numerous swimmers from dangerous rip currents brought on by Hurricane Cristobal far off the New England coast.

Misquamicut lifeguard manager Cooper Ferreria told WPRI-TV that many lifeguards made over a dozen rescues each on Wednesday. No serious injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for high surf of 6 to 12 feet and strong rip currents on the southern coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts through 8 a.m. Friday.

A rip current, or undertow, is a narrow current of water flowing away from the beach that can carry swimmers out to sea. Swimmers caught in a rip current are urged to swim parallel to the beach to get out of it.

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