1 dead, more than 60 rescued in rip currents off Central Florida coast

Beaches crowded due to holiday, Coke Zero NASCAR race in Daytona

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - A 30-year-old man drowned and more than 60 others have been rescued from strong rip currents off coast of Volusia County.

The Volusia County Beach Patrol said the man, visiting from Georgia, drowned Saturday in the rough surf near the 600 block of Atlantic Avenue in Ormond Beach.

By late Saturday afternoon, more than five dozen people had been rescued from dangerous rip currents off the Florida coast, beach officials said.

Beaches remain crowded in Volusia County because of the extended Fourth of July weekend and the NASCAR Coke Zero race in Daytona Beach.

All lifeguard stations are fully manned, officials said.

Beach Patrol officials urged beachgoers to swim parallel to the shore if they are caught in a rip current.

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