Three Dead Following Weekend Riptides at Florida Beaches
Florida's sunny beaches are among the most popular destinations during Memorial Day Weekend.
Unfortunately, powerful rip currents in off of the state's east coast were the story over the holiday weekend, with lifeguards in Flagler, Volusia and Brevard Counties combining to rescue more than 500 beachgoers in a 24-hour span from Sunday to Monday, according to Florida's News 13.
Three people died as a result of the rough surf over the weekend.
A 62-year-old traveler visiting the U.S. from Lebanon died on Monday after being pulled out of the water at Ormond Beach, while two Florida natives also drowned on Sunday.
"The water is treacherous out there today," said Volusia County Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson over the weekend via News 13. "We just warn anybody that goes out there and swims today to swim in front of a lifeguard."
Lifeguards in Volusia County were busiest on Monday, with the county's Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials confirming that they rescued more than 340 people from the water. Compounding the surf conditions, more than two dozen jellyfish stings were reported in Volusia County.
Meanwhile, Flagler Beach officials said they rescued 23 people from the ocean on Monday, while 18 others were assisted out of the water in nearby Brevard County.
Red flags were seen flying along Florida's east coast over the weekend, with lifeguards and rescue officials warning beachgoers of the dangerous conditions.
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