Broward lifeguards rescue five from rough waters

Several near-drownings on Broward beaches kept lifeguards busy Thursday.

An elderly couple and a 26-year-old man were hospitalized after lifeguards rescued them and two others victims.

The husband and wife, both in their 80s, remain in critical condition in the Holy Cross Hospital emergency room, according to a hospital spokesperson. They were transported around 1:30 p.m. after being rescued from rough surf on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

One victim required resuscitation and was designated “code blue,” and the other was on advanced life support when they arrived.

Lifeguards pulled three other drowning victims out of rip currents at Hollywood Beach just before 1:30 p.m., according to Yvonne Feijoo, spokesperson for Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue, which carried out the rescue.

Lifeguards Jose Perez and Anthony Mariano noticed a woman in her 20s calling for help near a buoy that warned of dangerous rip currents.

As they ran over, they noticed two men – one 26 years old, the other in his late teens — also drowning. Along with lifeguard Luis Acosta, they saved all three victims.

The two men, one unconscious and the other semi-alert, were transported to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. The 26-year-old remains in stable condition, and the younger man was released Thursday afternoon, according to hospital spokesperson Nicole Baxter.

The woman was alert and not hospitalized, Feijoo said.

Both Fort Lauderdale and Hallandale beaches are flying red flags today because of hazardous surf and potential rip currents.

“One of the lifeguards mentioned that the water hasn’t been this rough since Sandy,” Feijoo said. “It’s just not a good day to be in the water, but it’s the Fourth of July.”

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