Jacksonville Beach teen reunited with family


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A 14-year-old boy is reunited with his family after he was reported missing Wednesday night, authorities said.

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Police in Jacksonville Beach began searching for the teenager who went missing Wednesday evening.

Derek Browley of Jacksonville Beach, was reportedly missing from his home, located in the 700 block of 2nd Avenue South, around 6 p.m., police said.

Around midnight, police reported Browley was recovered safely.


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DCF: Girl, 4, safe after wandering away from summer camp


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach summer camp is under state investigation after a 4-year-old enrolled at the camp apparently wandered off Tuesday and was later found at a nearby salon, authorities said.

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The girl was reunited with her family after someone at the salon called police, according to the Seaside Playgarden.

Still, the agency is investigating exactly how she was able to slip past camp counselors and leave the facility, located on 8th Avenue, and exactly how long she was missing, Department of Children and Families spokesperson John Harrell told First Coast News.

Police: Child nearly drowns in Atlantic Beach pool


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A child nearly drowned before being rescued from a pool at the Atlantic Beach Country Club Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The child was pulled out of the pool, located in the 1600 block of Selva Marina Drive, at some point, according to the Atlantic Beach Police Department.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded and took the child to a local hospital, police said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families recommends that children never swim without adult supervision, spokesperson John Harrell said. The agency also recommends minimizing poolside distractions and encourages parents to enroll their children in swimming lessons.


FHP: Cyclist killed in Mayport Road crash


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A cyclist hit by a car while crossing Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach was killed early Wednesday, authorities said.

The crash happened about near the intersection of Mayport and Edgar Street about 11:45 a.m., according to the Atlantic Beach Police Department. The cyclist, identified as 42-year-old Misty Van Pelt, was cutting across traffic when it happened, troopers said.

A viewer told First Coast News that's the third accident recently at the same location. The same viewer said Navy medics were on scene ahead of EMTs, providing first aid. That information has not been confirmed.

Van Pelt was taken to UF Health, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

First Coast News will update this developing story as we learn more.


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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.

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.