Gulf Shores closed gulf waters Monday afternoon after the 4th droning in 24 hours.
FORT MORGAN, Alabama -
Even as ATV's comb the beach for any sign of a swimmer from The Beach Club presumed drowned off the Fort Morgan peninsula. "The one guy they still haven't seen any sign of," another drowning this afternoon in Gulf Shores. "A gentleman on the attempt to try and rescue someone else fell victim himself," says city spokesman Grant Brown.
That prompted the city of Gulf Shores to declare, enough and close gulf waters to the public. "It doesn't look that dangerous but literally the calls we've been on today and the number of rescues we've had its a significant risk to the public. So at this point we think its better to keep people out of the water," says Brown.
Sunday was also a terrible day. "We've had numerous drowning incidents in this area," says Capt Lee Cossette with the Fort Morgan VFD. "Four different incidents involving, I think about 14,15 people yesterday. A couple of fatalities out of that."
The search continues for a 34 year old man from Kentucky on vacation with his wife and son who couldn't wait to hit the water. "Conditions were horrific," says Cossette. "Which is why when most of these drowning's occur during horrible conditions where you can look out there and see its extremely dangerous and typically there are one or two flags flying but for some reason people still gotta go out there and swim."
On the surface the gulf waters may look calm but the severe rip currents has proven to be deadly.