LONG BEACH, Wash. -- Data on drowning victims in southwest Washington show tourists are at the greatest risk.
The Chinook Observer compared drowning rescue data against ocean conditions data compiled by the federal government. The newspaper's goal was to find common conditions that can lead to deaths on Washington's beaches.
The comparison revealed that most people who drown near Long Beach, Washington are not from beach communities. It also revealed that many drownings take place during seemingly calm ocean conditions.
Those calm conditions can often deceive visiting beachgoers because they hide strong rip currents that pull even the strongest swimmers into deep water.