A Mobile, Alabama man drowned last week while attempting to rescue a woman and a girl caught in rough surf at the Gulf Islands Seashore near Navarre Beach Florida. John Morris, 23, went into the water to try to rescue two swimmers who were caught in a rip current. Unfortunately he fell victim to the same rip currents. Navarre Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and were able to pull the two swimmers from the Gulf. It only took rescue swimmers from the Fire Department two to three minutes to reach Morris who was unconscious in a rip current. He could not be revived. Water safety experts want beachgoers to remember these water safety rules:
1. Always swim where lifeguards are on duty.
2. Never attempt to rescue someone struggling in the water.
3. If you see someone struggling in the water, call 911.
4. Never swim up to a drowning person. He or she will pull you underwater in their panic.
5. If you must try to help, go into the water with a flotation device such as a surfboard or boogie board.
6. Leave water rescues to the professionals.
Our Gulf beaches are great but water conditions must be respected.