Deadly Danger From Hurricane Rip Currents

A surfer is dead, a swimmer is missing and authorities are warning people to be careful in the water along much of the Atlantic seaboard as distant hurricanes generate rip tides.

Surfers pulled 47-year-old Tazwell Brown from the water off Satellite Beach in central Florida on Saturday. No official cause of death has been determined, but investigators say the Ocoee, Fla., man appeared to have drowned.

Authorities in Ocean City, Md., called off the search for a swimmer who went missing Sunday.

More than 250 people in Ocean City and roughly 70 on Florida's central tlantic Coast were rescued from rip currents.

Swimmers along the Atlantic Coast are being warned to stay close to shore or out of the water altogether until Hurricanes Danielle and Earl run their course.


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  • by LIFEGUARD Location: ENC on Aug 30, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    If you dare to enter the water, you are not only putting your life at risk, but also risking the life of any potential rescuer. Surfers need to wear their leashes, and use the stick for flotation in a water emergency. Surfers are a different breed, so if you see surfers, it does not mean go in the water. If you see surfers..... chances are you should stay out of the water. Bigger swells produce bigger rips. SWIMMERS SHOULD NOT VENTURE INTO WATER DEEPER THAN YOUR KNEECAP. CAUGHT IN A RIP? SWIM PARALLEL TO BEACH UNTIL OUT....... THEN WORK YOUR WAY TO SHORE AT AN ANGLE. YOU MIGHT END UP HAVING TO WALK BACK UP THE BEACH.......BUT YOU WILL BE ALIVE! RIP TO THE SURFER WHO LOST HIS BATTLE WITH THE SEA.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 30, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    I'm still headed out there and getting some waves in a few minutes. It's been good swell from what I have been told, but my work has kept me busy. Can't wait to catch some waves.
  • by Bubba Location: geee on Aug 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    You could have at least posted "good 1 Bubba, thanks you for the heads up...by the way, your daddy was right.."
  • by James B. Location: Washington on Aug 30, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    I was caught in a rip tide once and it carried me 1/2 mile down the beach before I could get back to shore. If you are not a very good swimmer, don't go out in the surf water above your waist.
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