A 14-year-old boy has drowned on a popular Florida beach after he was caught in a rip current while swimming with friends, authorities said.
The young man, a resident of Altamonte Springs, was swimming with three friends, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 7 near the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, Spectrum News reported. His friends lost sight of him when they returned to shore.
“The boys noticed that a fourth teenager I was in trouble and then they didn’t see him anymore,” Tammy Malphurs, chief of the Volusia County Marine Rescue Department, told WESH.
Personnel on rescue skis, rescue drones and swimmers They participated in the search that followed the boy’s disappearance, according to the WFTV channel. The authorities searched until 9 pm, when the rescue operation was stopped due to poor visibility, the channel reported.
About 30 minutes later, several people on the beach spotted the young man, who was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, WFTV said.
“These people were walking on the beach and they found it in about two feet of water,” Malphurs told WESH.
The Volusia County Marine Rescue Department confirmed the boy was caught in a rip current, according to Spectrum News.
Rip currents are “powerful, narrow channels of a rapidly moving body of water,” the National Oceanographic Service (NOS) said. The most important thing is not to panic.
“The best way to escape a rip current is to swim parallel to the shore, as most currents are less than 80 feet wide,” the NOS recommends on its website.
Daytona Beach is about 56 miles northeast of Orlando.
Translation of Jorge Posada