Rip current warnings remain in place following dangerous weekend


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Life guards performed nearly two dozen rescues over the Memorial holiday weekend.

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On a typical day, crews at Jacksonville Beach said they save an average of one to five people.

But rip currents, heavy surf and hundreds of thousands of beach-goers enjoying the weekend made for a dangerous combination. Tuesday, red flags still flew high along the beach as rip current warnings remained in place.

Rescue swimmer, Gordon VanDusen was among the 50 life guards on duty over the holiday weekend.

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Police: Nine rescues reported at Jax Beach


ID=27979997JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Lifeguards at Jacksonville Beach made nine rescues Monday, including three within an hour between 4 and 5 p.m., authorities said.

There were two rescues reported near 8th Avenue about 4:30 p.m. along with another near the lifeguard station about the same time, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

Authorities report it's been the busiest Memorial Day in at least five years. All of those rescued are conscious and breathing, police said.

Caution urged for swimmers on Memorial Day


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Swimmers were being blocked from going onto the beach at Little Talbot Island Monday near where recovery teams continued the search for two swimmers who went missing over the weekend.

An 11-year-old boy and a 52-year-old man were possibly swept out by dangerous rip currents.

Lifeguards at Jacksonville Beach who said they are doing everything possible to make Memorial Day safe for swimmers.

Volunteer lifeguards posted at the beach doubled their staff in preparation for an influx of holiday visitors.

"Well over 22 towers on the beach. We have over 46 lifeguards. And, we have over six officers working today for this memorial day," lifeguard Max Ervanian told First Coast News.

24-year-old woman pulled from surf, alive and alert


Cmdr. Mark Evans of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department said the swimmer was taken to Baptist Beaches, but is in stable condition.

Red flags are up on packed beaches for the Memorial Day weekend, which warns swimmers about treacherous currents and rough seas.

"The recommendation is to stay out of the water," Evans said.

He said most people are adhering to the recommendation, but some aren't.

Jacksonville Beach lifeguard officials said they have been very busy and have pulled several people from the ocean during the holiday.

A spokesman said anyone that does get in the water should swim near a life guard station.

This story originally appeared on the Florida Times-Union.


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Police: Missing man found


UPDATE: The missing man has been found, police said.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Jacksonville Beach are searching for a man reported missing Friday who may be in danger because of a medical issue, authorities said.

Derrick Mitchell Roberson, 33, was last seen about noon in Ocean Front Park, located on 1st Street in Jacksonville Beach, according to Jacksonville Beach Police.

Roberson lives at a home on Heron Street in Jacksonville.

If you see him, please call the police: (904) 270-1661.


Jax Beach Police: Missing child found safe


UPDATE: The boy has been found, police said.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is searching for a 12-year-old boy suspected of running away from school Tuesday afternoon.

Ethan Fairley, described as white with blonde hair and glasses, was last seen leaving St. Paul's Catholic School in Jacksonville Beach about 1 p.m. He was wearing a light blue T-shirt and dark navy pants at the time, police said.

Investigators believe Fairley is somewhere near Jacksonville Beach and possibly near the San Pablo Avenue area.

If you spot him, please call police at (904) 270-1661.


Two whales wash ashore in Neptune Beach, will be put down


NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. — Two whales have washed ashore on Neptune Beach and will have to be put down, according to Florida Wildlife & Fish Commission.

Robert Lent, an officer with FWC, said the sperm whales will be taken to Jacksonville Zoo and put down. We are still working to discover the exact reason for the deaths of the whales.

Witnesses at the scene said the larger whale appeared to have bite marks.

As more information becomes available, this post will be updated.