Dangerous rip currents claim lives at Florida beaches

June 19, 2012FLORIDAAn outbreak of rip currents at beaches in Florida has claimed several lives and endangered dozens more in recent days, prompting the National Weather Service to extend its public warnings to beachgoers. Over this past weekend, two people drowned and more than 70 had to be rescued from rip currents in a single Florida county on the Atlantic coast, officials there told ABC News. A 14-year-old boy went missing Sunday after getting caught in a rip current while swimming with friends at New Smyrna Beach, Fla. His body was found on shore Monday morning. Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Tammy Marris told ABC News that the teens were swimming at an unguarded beach, over 300 yards away from the nearest lifeguard. The same day the boy went missing, a 66-year-old man died after getting caught in a rip current just off another beach in Volusia. He was pulled in by lifeguards but fell unconscious during the rescue process and did not recover, Marris said. Authorities have not released the identities of either victim. An outbreak of rip currents at beaches in Florida has claimed several lives and endangered dozens more in recent days, prompting the National Weather Service to extend its public warnings to beachgoers. Over this past weekend, two people drowned and more than 70 had to be rescued from rip currents in a single Florida county on the Atlantic coast, officials there told ABC News. A 14-year-old boy went missing Sunday after getting caught in a rip current while swimming with friends at New Smyrna Beach, Fla. His body was found on shore Monday morning. Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Tammy Marris told ABC News that the teens were swimming at an unguarded beach, over 300 yards away from the nearest lifeguard. The same day the boy went missing, a 66-year-old man died after getting caught in a rip current just off another beach in Volusia. He was pulled in by lifeguards but fell unconscious during the rescue process and did not recover, Marris said. Authorities have not released the identities of either victim. –ABC News
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14 Responses to Dangerous rip currents claim lives at Florida beaches

  1. jklieman says:

    brutal…ill stick to Hawaii beaches and my pool. The ocean is an interesting animal…to be respected.

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  2. Pack'n in says:

    Winds have not been high here in Florida. I wonder it the high waves causing the rip currents are related to the 25 small earthquakes around Porta Rico in the past week.

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    • mike l says:

      Mid Atlantic Ridge shifted profoundly over past several days? These Azores events all happened at the triple junction plate border and sent reverb across the ocean to US shores…?

      2012-06-18 00:35 earthquake2012-06-18 00:02:40.0 41.74 N 29.22 W 10 mb 5.0
      AZORES ISLANDS REGION
      2012-06-18 00:51 earthquake2012-06-17 23:32:07.0 42.54 N 29.09 W 10 mb 4.7 AZORES ISLANDS REGION
      2012-06-17 21:04 earthquake2012-06-17 17:46:50.0 41.85 N 28.68 W 15 ML 3.8 AZORES ISLANDS REGION
      2012-06-17 17:57 earthquake2012-06-17 17:40:59.0 41.22 N 28.80 W 10 ML 3.8 AZORES ISLANDS REGION
      2012-06-17 18:25 earthquake2012-06-17 17:35:16.0 41.40 N 29.07 W 40 mb 4.4 AZORES ISLANDS REGION
      2012-06-17 21:07 earthquake2012-06-17 17:29:48.0 41.88 N 28.98 W 10 ML 3.2 AZORES ISLANDS REGION
      2012-06-17 15:04 earthquake2012-06-17 14:34:21.0 43.40 N 28.88 W 10 mb 4.4 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
      2012-06-19 01:23 earthquake2012-06-19 00:47:24.5 47.31 S 12.49 W 13 mb 4.6 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

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  3. richfish30 says:

    The exact same thing happening in turkey. They are closing beaches along the Mediterranean. A boy drowned this morning on Turkish news!

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  4. Columbine says:

    I just ordered you ebook of The 7th Protocol and will start reading immediately after posting this note. Did I miss the announcement of it’s availability?

    Hey everyone! ebook is now available. :)

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  5. Jigar says:

    Alvin, 5.2 earthquake hits melbourne, australia.

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  6. james read says:

    Hi Alvin

    God bless you and your site

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  7. Texas Listening Post, Tony says:

    After reading how Rip Currents are formed, maybe something, other than just the waves, is forcing the water against the shore. The water is seeking a way back out to sea. Pack’n in might be correct that all the earthquakes are setting up forces (waves) that are traveling in the oceans and are manifesting themselves at the shore lines.

    Alvin, what do you think about this?

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