One of the people saved was a 13-year-old boy caught in a rip current.
OKALOOSA ISLAND — A 13-year-old boy was pulled from the Gulf on Saturday off Okaloosa Island.
According to Lisa Durnell, a beach butler at the Best Western on Santa Rosa Boulevard, the boy swam out too far about 2:55 p.m. and became stuck in the current.
“He just got pulled out underneath the water. There is a no swim advisory. He went out a little too far and started to get pulled under, and the lifeguards had to go save him,” Durnell said. “He’s fine now. The EMS checked him out. The police showed up.”
“We had a person go in the water, swimming around, got caught in the rip current and then we had two would-be rescuers try to make an attempt to rescue that person, and so our lifeguards entered the water, made a quick pull and then they were checked out by EMS,” said Justin Cook, a captain with Okaloosa Beach Safety.
Red flags were flying on the beach at the time.
The boy was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
A little after 3 p.m. in Destin, a man was injured when he fell off his personal watercraft in the Gulf near the east jetty. He was pulled out by rescuers on a watercraft and rescue boat.
“A man fell off of his watercraft. He has some injuries that are not life threatening,” Destin Fire Department Capt. Jeff Anderson said.