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5 Water Rescues Within A Half-Hour On Crystal Coast

Fire rescue crews were busy Sunday as they responded to two calls for five water rescues within a half-hour of each other.

Captain Casey Arthur with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department said the first call came in Sunday around 6 p.m. for two distressed swimmers near the Dunescape beach access point.

Arthur said a man and woman, both in their 30's, were rescued from a strong rip current.

The woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Arthur said on the way back to the station, the crew was called again at 6:30 p.m. for three swimmers in distress.

Crews said three teenage boys, who were all related, were also caught in a strong rip current, this one near the circle.

The teens were rescued and none of them were taken to the hospital.

The National Weather Service had issued a moderate rip current risk for Sunday along the Crystal Coast, advising only experienced, strong swimmers take to the water.

WITN Meteorologist Jim Howard said that same moderate risk warning was extended for the beaches through Monday.


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