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Professor Hoping To Save Lives With Rip Current Virtual Reality Simulator

Swimming CBS New York

Swimming out of rip current can sometimes be easier said than done, but virtual reality at the beach is helping people experience that first hand, safely.
'NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Virtual reality could help save real lives on the beach. A virtual reality program simulates what it’s like to be caught in a rip current. (Credit: CBS2) Swimming out of rip current can sometimes be easier said than done, but virtual reality at the beach is helping people experience that first hand, safely. RELATED STORY: Woman’s Drowning Death Prompts Launch Of Riptide Awareness Program Hofstra University professor Dr. Jase Bernhardt is working with special virtual reality software that simulates what it is like to be caught in a rip current, hoping it helps people figure out how to navigate safely out of one. He did this years ago with software that simulates hurricanes. Thanks to a grant, he was able to expand it to beach safety. His team has set up shop at Point Lookout beach and is inviting young people to try out the equipment. A virtual reality program simulates what it’s like to be caught in a rip current. (Credit: CBS2) They are hoping by going through the experience, these teens and adults will come away with the knowledge of what to do if they are ever really caught in a rip current. “Rip currents typically on the Atlantic beaches around New York, there’s one or even multiple rip current fatalities in most given beach seasons, and many throughout the U.S., sometimes 50-100 in a given year, and obviously this is just very easily preventable,” Bernhardt said. The simulation will be set up at Point Lookout beach all summer long. They also plan on taking it to the Hamptons.'

Swimmer Pronounced Dead After Divers Locate Him Under Water In Joe Pool Lake

Swimming CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

An adult swimmer was pronounced dead Saturday evening after Grand Prairie Fire Department divers found him under water in Joe Pool Lake.
'GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) —  An adult swimmer was pronounced dead Saturday evening after Grand Prairie Fire Department divers found him under water in Joe Pool Lake. At around 2:53 p.m. Saturday, the Grand Prairie Fire Department responded to a possible drowning call at Joe Pool Lake. Several callers reported an adult male, later identified as 24-year-old Brandon Bor, was last seen swimming near the beach area when he did not resurface. Divers conducted a search, located the swimmer and transported him to Medical City Arlington where he later died. Officials said he was not wearing a life vest and had been under water for approximately 30 minutes before he was found.'