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It's getting that time of year when everyone will be heading to the beach, for new arrivals please can I take this opportunity to provide the following warning. RIPS This has to be the main cause of drownings/rescues in Australia. A rip is a strong current which begins close to the shore and runs away from the beach. Rips can easily sweep you out to sea from really shallow water. To avoid being caught in a rip always swim between the flags and observe the safety signs. [YOUTUBE]1OebiHik0aI[/YOUTUBE] Common Signs of a rip are: Darker Water, indicating deeper water. Murky Brown water caused by sand stirred up in faster water. A choppy rippled look when other areas look calm In large surf a much smoother surface with smaller waves. An area with a few breaking waves on the beach Foam or Debris floating out to sea. If you find yourself caught in a rip the best advise I can offer is DON'T PANIC other things are: Raise your arm to signal you need help Do NOT try to swim back to shore and against the current, you won't get anywhere and you will soon get exhausted. Swim Parallel to the beach. and remember: [YOUTUBE]n8WOlrVHfMw[/YOUTUBE]
A CHURCHGOER ripped out his eyeballs as a priest gave Sunday mass yesterday. British-born Aldo Bianchini, 46, stood up calmly and tore them out with his bare hands then collapsed in a pool of blood. His mother tried to help him as the priest called for help. But surgeons were unable to save his sight. He told doctors in Viareggio, Italy, he "heard voices" telling him to rip out his eyes. Dr Gino Barbacci said: "To do that requires superhuman strength." Priest Lorenzo Tanganelli, who continued his service after the horror, said: "I've never seen so much blood." In the Bible, Jesus says: "If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell."