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Michigan Man Dies, Pulled Out To Sea By Rip Current Off Florida Beach

July 12, 2018 - 10:52 am

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (WWJ)  A Michigan man has died after being pulled from the ocean off the Florida coast. 

According to officials with Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue, the 61-year-old man was swimming when he got caught in a rip current and was pulled out to sea at around 2 p.m. Wednesday, off Ormond Beach, which is northeast of Orlando. 

Lifeguards were able to reach the man, but found him unresponsive. The lifeguards started CPR but couldn't save the man, who died at a hospital Wednesday evening, according to an official speaking to the Daytona Beach News-Journal

His name and hometown were not was not immediately released.

Warning of dangerous rip currents, Volusia County beach officials are flying the red flag at Volusia beaches after lifeguards rescued 73 people on Wednesday and 68 Tuesday of this week

Volusia County beach officials are flying the red flag beaches due to rip currents this week, after lifeguards had to rescue dozens of people caught in them. 

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne Florida, more than 100 people die from rip currents in the U.S. each year. 

With that in mind, beachgoers are urge to always swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower, and accompany children in the water even if they know how to swim. Also, stay in waist-deep water where your feet touch the bottom securely at all times.