CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Scientists are taking more extensive measures to research rip currents.
Researchers who are part of the Sea Grant program housed at UNCW will be deploying Sea Drifters to collect data monitoring the velocity and path of a rip current.
They are currently building the Sea Drifters to deploy July 23.
According to researcher Spencer Rogers, rip currents are a serious beach hazard.
The process of researching these currents has changed in the past 10 years, and scientists are noticing trends that should be included in warnings to the public.
Sea Drifters are built with a GPS device that tracks their path.
Scientists are discovering the paths often go in a circular motion, meaning an object caught in a current would eventually be carried back to shore.
There are exceptions to the trend, which are the major cause of concern for lifeguards and swimmers.
The data collected from the drifters will allow scientists to learn more about the rip currents.