- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A mix of nice weather, big crowds and dangerous rip currents kept Volusia County lifeguards scrambling as they rescued some 500 beachgoers over the long holiday weekend.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://bit.ly/1KnrpRY ) reports two men died in the water, one on Sunday and the other Monday.

Beach Safety Patrol spokeswoman Tammy Marris says it was “all hands on deck” during Memorial Day weekend. Marris says she and other administrative personnel jumped into the water to help swimmers.

Marris says she’s never seen rip currents as bad as they were over the weekend. The situation played out up and down the Florida coastline.

Rip currents are narrow, powerful currents of water that run perpendicular to the beach. They can move at more than 5 mph and often catch swimmers off guard.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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