Rip currents over the Fourth of July holiday weekend have claimed two lives along Florida’s coast and on Sunday kept South Florida life guards busy with several swimmer rescues.
In Dania Beach, several swimmers were transported Sunday afternoon after being caught in the strong currents. Their condition is unknown.
In Florida’s west Coast, 14-year-old Dushay Morales of Winter Haven was swimming with his younger brother near Anna Maria Island when he disappeared Saturday afternoon. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered his body Sunday morning.
In a separate incident, a 30-year-old man drowned while swimming in Ormond Beach in Volusia County.
Dozens of people were rescued from dangerous rip tides on Florida’s East Coast Saturday and Sunday. The National Weather Service says a high risk for rip currents remains in place through Sunday and advises swimmers to pay attention to flags and posted signs.
Rip tides can be dangerous even for experienced ocean swimmers. If caught in a rip current, authorities advise swimmers to remain calm and begin swimming parallel to the shore.