I could not find data giving the exact numbers of how many people die each year due to riptides, but I did find some numbers that put it into perspective. The United States Livesaving Association reports that 100 people die in an average year due to drowning at beaches. And of the 71,983 people pulled to safety by lifeguards in 2008, over half needed rescuing due to riptides. So, the numbers must be somewhere above 50, but maybe less than 70. They also report the odds of drowning due to a riptide is 1 in 6,947,000.
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