A rip current has killed a man at a Volusia County beach.
A 61-year-old Michigan man died Wednesday after he was caught by a rip current in Ormond by-the-Sea. The man was pulled from the water and declared dead shortly after 7 p.m.
Over 70 people were rescued from the beach in the county Wednesday. Only the man who died was taken to the hospital.
Rip current risks have been high this week, first due to Hurricane Chris, which increased the swells and surf. The threat for life-threatening rip currents will continue to be high due to the remnants of Beryl moving parallel to Florida to the north-northeast, following Chris' footsteps.
Rip currents kill an average of 57 people in the U.S. every year. These deaths could have been prevented if victims would have known what to do. Florida has 570 beaches and 1,197 miles of coastline.