Gulf Currents Deemed Hazardous

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

At least two drownings in the Gulf of Mexico on Memorial Day weekend are being blames on rip currents.

Red caution flags warned swimmers of the danger. Many were staying close to shore.

Baldwin County, Ala., coroner Jim Small said 43-year-old Eric K. Hardison of Henderson, Tenn., was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday in Gulf Shores.

Sunday's drowning victim was identified as 31-year-old LeShaamon Shorrell Garth of Hartselle, Ala.

Police said Garth drowned about 12:48 p.m. in the Gulf before he could be rescued. Lifeguards recovered his body a short distance from shore.

Orange Beach Fire/Rescue responded to two separate distressed swimmers Saturday, in one case using a rescue boat to pull a swimmer from the water three-quarters of a mile out in the Gulf.

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