Search continues for missing swimmer off Cocoa Beach

Family last saw man swimming near 3rd Street

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Authorities are searching for a 29-year-old Kissimmee man who was last seen swimming off Cocoa Beach before being swept out to sea by strong rip currents, according to officials.

The search started Monday near 3rd Street.

Cocoa Beach police said the man was with his family, who reported him missing. Police spokesman Manny Hernandez said family members tried to grab him, but the current pulled him from their grip.

The man was last seen wearing blue shorts, according to police.

Brevard County lifeguards, Cocoa Beach firefighters and police officers are searching for the man. The Brevard County sheriff's helicopter was also used in the search.

Double red flags were flying at the beach Monday afternoon, and officials cautioned beachgoers about rough surf conditions.


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