INDIATLANTIC, Florida – A 17-year-old boy was found deceased in the ocean off of Wave Crest beach in Indiatlantic on Monday, February 27, 2023.
According to the Indiatlantic Police Department, the teen went into the ocean near the Wave Crest boardwalk and had not been seen.
The Indialantic Police Department, Indialantic Fire Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Brevard County Lifeguards, and air assets from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission then searched for the teen whose body was later discovered and pronounced deceased.
Just a week ago on February 19, a 24-year-old man from Osceola County became unresponsive in the ocean approximately 100-200 yards east of Wave Crest Avenue.
When rescuers arrived, the man was not breathing and had no pulse. Resuscitative efforts were made on the beach, and the man regained a pulse and was breathing, but he was unresponsive prior to being transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties, and piers.
Remember to swim near a lifeguard and do not swim alone. Ask the beach patrol about ocean hazards when you arrive at the beach.
If you become caught in a rip current – do not panic – but yell for help.
Remain calm and do not exhaust yourself. Stay afloat while waiting for help.
If you have to swim out of a rip current, begin to swim parallel to the shore.
Once you are away from the force of the rip current, begin to swim back to the beach.
Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.