Man from Tennessee drowns at Ormond Beach

Drowing victim ID'd as Raymond Smith, 43

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – A 43-year-old man from Tennessee drowned on Sunday at Ormond Beach while swimming, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. 

Authorities said Raymond Smith, of Cookeville, Tennessee, went into an unguarded part of the ocean around 2 p.m. near Maverick Resort in Ormond Beach and was caught in a rip current. 

Beach Safety arrived at the scene after getting a 911 call, they said, and found two victims in the surf about 100 yards from shore and a bystander on the beach.

Authorities said Smith was unconscious man when Beach Safety brought him to shore and they initiated CPR.

They transported Smith to a hospital and authorities said he was pronounced dead.

Beach Safety workers said they have rescued about 147 people from rip currents this weekend alone.


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