A body believed to be a missing swimmer who may have got caught up in rip currents was plucked from the ocean off Haulover Beach just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, police confirmed.
An unidentified teen, either 18 or 19, was reported missing at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez. Benitez said he was near the inlet, 10800 Collins Ave., when he disappeared.
“Even people who are strong swimmers can find themselves in trouble when gusty winds make conditions dangerous for those near or in the water,” she said.
By Wednesday night, Miami-Dade police spokesman Daniel Ferrin said rescuers found a body, but were waiting on the missing teen’s family or friends or the medical examiner’s office to make a positive identification.
“He was the only person reported missing in that area,” Ferrin said.
David Ross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said strong easterly winds caused rip currents on the Atlantic beaches.The same conditions are expected Thursday — although thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon.
In Miami Beach, rescuers helped more than 50 people caught up in the rough surf.
“We have been running around like crazy today,” said Miami Beach Ocean Rescue Chief Vincent Canosa, saying the city’s seven miles of beaches have been packed with Spring Breakers.
Canosa said swimmers need to watch out for red warning flags and swim near lifeguard stations.
“People need to be vigilant,” he said. “Rip currents can be very dangerous.”