100 people rescued from rip currents along Florida's Atlantic coast

Rough surf along a stretch of Volusia County kept lifeguards busy as spring break crowds flocked to the beaches.

Rip currents can be difficult to detect, especially around piers and jetties. [Florida Beach Insider photo]
Rip currents can be difficult to detect, especially around piers and jetties. [Florida Beach Insider photo]

DAYTONA BEACH — Lifeguards rescued more than 100 people from rough surf along a stretch of beaches on Florida's Atlantic coast.

Volusia County ocean rescue Capt. Mike Berard tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal that lifeguards rescued 48 people on Saturday, March 30, and at least 55 on Sunday, March 31. Those rescued included a 7-year-old girl washed out into the water by strong rip currents.

He says the child and another child in nearby New Smyrna Beach were taken to hospitals as a precaution.

Berard says the rip currents were "pretty bad" over the weekend as spring break crowds flocked to the beaches.

This article was originally published by the Associated Press on April 1, 2019.

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