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Rescuers search for drowned American in Brazil

June 22, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rescuers are searching for the body of a 20-year-old American who drowned in rough waters off the coast of a beach in Rio de Janeiro state.

The firefighter overseeing the rescue operation says American Richard Fu appears to have ignored red flags indicating the waters off Arraial do Cabo’s Praia Grande beach weren’t suitable for swimming and entered the ocean on Saturday with two American female friends.

Firefighter Leonardo Cury says lifeguards managed to pull the two companions from the water but didn’t arrive in time to save Fu.

The beach about two hours from the city of Rio de Janeiro is popular with scuba divers and sunbathers.

Cury said a team of 15 rescuers continued to search for Fu’s body on Sunday.