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Strong rip currents keep lifeguards busy along Florida coast

April 1, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 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 and at least 55 on Sunday. 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.