People rescued because of rip currents in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Lionel Walker of Boynton Beach saw what was happening. "At the time it looked kind of chaotic we didn't know everybody was kind of frightened." One swimmer, drifting farther out to sea from the lake worth shoreline.

It was just after 5 o'clock and there were no lifeguards on duty.

9-1-1 calls were made as three good samaritans jumped into the ocean.

Soon though, they all needed help.

James Weber with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said, "The problem is when we have one person as the victim people try and do the right thing and the right thing is to actually stay out of the water."

With four people now in trouble, Oneal Mular joined dozens of people on the beach to come up with a solution to bring the swimmers back to shore. He said,  "In the end about 25 people were in a chain ring to help out and it was nice to see that."

One of the four people who had to be rescued was taken to the hospital.

Fire-rescue crews say he should be fine.

For Lionel Walker, who has family in from Ohio, today was a reminder that you don't have to fear the water, but you do have to respect it.

Lionel said, "We're enjoying the weather, but you have to be careful in Florida, you never know what happens."

Rip currents are expected to be a problem on Monday.

 

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