Beach officials warn of rip currents after man drowns - FOX 35 News Orlando

Beach officials warn of rip currents after man drowns

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PONCE INLET, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Officials are asking beachgoers to be mindful of dangerous rip currents after a 22-year-old man drowned Tuesday at Ponce Inlet, officials said.

The man, who has not been identified, was out in the water with two other people when the trio was dragged out into the surf, a Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesperson said.

The man's two companions were able to get out safely, but when he didn't turn up with the others, a rescue helicopter was dispatched.

"I... I need some emergency. Someone's drowning," a panicked voice says on one of two 911 calls.

The victim was taken to a hospital in Port Orange but did not survive. He was not an experienced swimmer, officials said.

Rescuers are asking beachgoers to heed the red-flag warnings and swim near lifeguards.

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