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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A high surf advisory went into effect for coastal Hancock and Washington counties Thursday because of Hurricane Cristobal out in the Atlantic Ocean. Those bigger waves increase the chance of rip currents.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park had plenty of visitors today, despite the advisory. Park Rangers and lifeguards put up signs throughout the park to warn visitors.

Most people stayed out of the ocean, even though life guards never closed the water to swimmers. If you do get caught in a rip current, experts say to remain calm and swim parallel to the beach.

"A rip current is a rip current, and the ocean does with you what it wants," Lead Lifeguard Chris McGuire said. "You're basically a piece of drift wood, whether it's a 180 pound piece of drift wood or 250 pound piece of drift wood. It's just drift wood. You don't have any control over what's happening."

The high surf advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Friday.

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