Experts: How to survive a rip current

A valiant act is what ended up killing Jesus Eduardo Moreno after saving his brother and sister caught in a rip current on South Padre Island.

Rip currents are as common as the waves but they are invisible killers that can drag a person to their death in a matter of minutes.

They can be very dangerous if you are not a strong swimmer and if you are not familiar with the beaches, Fire Chief Marcus Smith, South Padre Island, said. If you are not prepared for it can take you by surprise, it can cause to swim against the current and get you exhausted and drown.

This is what it is believed happened to 18-year old Moreno.

Firefighters said that Sunday afternoon, Moreno risked his life to save his own brother and sister but he didn't make it out alive.

All three were approximately 100 feet away from the shore.

Chief Smith tells Action 4 that brave actions like this can be deadly for those who aren TMt expert swimmers.

One of the problems with going swimming with friends that you aren TMt real sure of their swimming ability if they get into trouble and you go out attempt to save them more than once will result in more than one fatality." Chief Smith said.

Rob Nixon, the chairman of the Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter, agrees with Chief Smith.

Nixon says that only professional swimmers or lifeguards can rescue a person who is in a desperate situation in the ocean.

A surfer for over 20 years, Nixon TMs best advice is knowing what to do if caught in a rip current.

"They panic and they start swimming immediately back to shore, Nixon said. If you happen to be caught on a rip current and find yourself being swept off away from the island from the beach, the best thing to do is stay calm of course and swim parallel to the beach."

In South Padre Island swim either north or south until you get to calmer a water, that TMs when you will be able to swim back shore.

Another piece of advice is to no swim alone and always keep an eye on all of your party members.

If you see someone in danger don't go out to rescue them.

If someone is in danger you should help keep them calm and try to get them a floating device by pushing it or throwing it to them.

Do this while another person gets a lifeguard or an official than can get them out.

Chief Smith says that if you don TMt have a floating device, you can use seat cushions and empty coolers as an alternative to help them float.

Officials tell Action 4 that staying calm can save your life.

If you would like to help Jesus Moreno's family, funeral donations are currently being accepted: Chase, "Verenice Moreno" Acct.# 550129212