Swimmer safe after water rescue at Vilano Beach

Person rescued from dangerous rip currents


VILANO BEACH, Fla. – St. Johns County Fire Rescue saved a swimmer in the high surf Sunday afternoon at Vilano Beach.

Witnesses say a group of young girls saw someone waving their hands in the ocean. 

Beachgoer Amanda Chiofalo said she saw the swimmer and called 911. 

Nearby crews arrived and rushed out to save the male swimmer.

RELATED: ​​​​​​​National Weather Service issues 'High Rip Current Risk'

Red flags are flying at area beaches today due to increased rip current conditions caused by Hurricane Florence.

Swimmers are urged to use caution when getting in the water. If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until you can escape.

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Rip currents are also the No. 1 weather-related killer in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, taking more lives than hurricanes and tornadoes, combined.

Most rip current deaths occur on sunny or partly-cloudy days, when conditions are pleasant. 

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