South Florida Lifeguards Busy as Rip Currents Grab Swimmers

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Dozens of holiday weekend swimmers
were rescued and a 62-year-old tourist drowned as strong winds created powerful rip currents on busy South Florida beaches.

Fort Lauderdale police say Emile Buzhaker of New York, was pronounced dead after being pulled from rough water in Fort Lauderdale Sunday. City lifeguards saved at least two dozen other swimmers from rip currents over the weekend.

Lifeguards in Hollywood, Miami Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach reported dozens of rescues as swimmers stumbled into strong rip currents that pulled them away from shore.

The operations supervisor of Miami Beach's Ocean Rescue Division says unusually warm water led hundreds to the beach while easterly winds whipped up rip tides.

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