2 drown off Volusia beaches, 520 rescued

61-year-old man pulled from surf off Ormond Beach

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - One person drowned in Ormond Beach on Monday as Beach Patrol officials rescued 369 swimmers from the ocean, bringing the total rescues for the weekend to 520.

Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said a swimmer was pulled from the water at the Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park in the 1700 block of State Road A1A in Ormond Beach and was taken to a local hospital.

Beach Patrol said the swimmer, a 61-year-old man from Beirut, was pronounced dead just before noon. He has not been identified.

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"We are experiencing very hazardous rip current conditions," said Capt. Tamra Marris of Volusia Beach Safety.

On Sunday, Christopher Milhoan, 43, of Tampa, who was unresponsive when pulled out of the rough sea off Daytona Beach Shores, died at Halifax Health Medical Center, officials said.

Milhoan was swimming in front of an unmanned lifeguard tower when he got caught in strong currents.  The tower was not staffed because of a manpower shortage, officials said.

A man also drowned in Brevard County over the holiday weekend.

The body of a man identified as Jose Lopez, 50, washed up on Atlantic Street in Melbourne Beach on Monday. Family members told police that Lopez had gone for a walk at the beach and was later found by beachgoers about two miles north of Ocean Park.

Dangerous rip current conditions are expected in Central Florida through Wednesday.

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