As of 3:50 p.m., lifeguards had rescued 12 individuals in Destin, said Joe D’Agostino, beach safety chief of the Destin Fire Control District.

DESTIN — A 16-year-old girl was treated by EMS and taken to the hospital Friday after she was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico near June Decker Park.


As of 3:50 p.m., lifeguards had rescued 12 individuals in Destin, said Joe D’Agostino, beach safety chief of the Destin Fire Control District.


“Lifeguards save lives,” said D’Agostino. “This is what happens... when the water’s rough.”


The Mobile office of the National Weather Service issued a rip current statement Friday warning swimmers that the risk of rip currents would be high through Saturday morning.


The Destin Beach Safety Facebook page indicated that red flags were flying.