More than 40 rescues made at Brevard beaches over weekend

Rip currents, weather causes problems at Central Florida beaches


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Dangerous rip currents that are expected to continue through Memorial Day led to more than 40 rescues throughout the weekend and left a 20-year-old man dead, officials said.

The beach at North Spessard Holland was cleared around 4 p.m. due to lightning and thunder. Thirty minutes later, Brevard County Ocean Rescue responded to a 53-year-old swimmer in distress. The person was brought out of the water, CPR was performed and lifeguards began resuscitation. The man was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

Officials said around the same time, 30 rescuers were dispersed to locate a 20-year-old man who disappeared while swimming. Officials recovered the Kissimmee man's body around 6:45 p.m. about 35-40 yards from where he was last seen.

Brevard County Ocean Rescue is urging beachgoers to use caution and for those who enter the water to swim near a lifeguard tower.

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