The sea off the Atlantic coast of Florida has been angry recently. So angry, in fact, that 72 people were rescued from rough surf off Volusia County in a single day.
According to the Associated Press, at least one of those rescues ended with a man in critical condition. A 43-year-old surfer from Orlando had to be pulled from the sea by an off-duty lifeguard who was surfing nearby. The victim, who was surfing off New Smyrna Beach at just after 10 a.m., “became submerged in the water and lost consciousness” before he was pulled to shore. The off-duty lifeguard performed CPR on the beach before paramedics arrived on the scene and he was taken to hospital. Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Mike Berard told the Orlando Sentinel that he was listed in critical condition.
Authorities expect that the rough condition will continue through the week and are warning beachgoers to exercise extra caution while swimming or surfing.