2 swimmers drown in central Florida rip currents

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Central Florida authorities are warning ocean swimmers to beware of rip currents after the deaths of two people over the weekend.

Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Fernez says Darrius Rodwell of Mims drowned Saturday and Jose Sanchez of Texas drowned Sunday. Sanchez's hometown was not released.

Brevard County Ocean Rescue Assistant Chief Eisen Witcher tells Florida Today that lifeguards rescued 19 people from the rip currents over the weekend.

Forecasters warned that rip current conditions will continue for the next several days.

Witcher urges swimmers at central Florida beaches to stay near lifeguards.

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