An Alabama city closed all of its beaches after four men drowned in dangerous rip currents in the Gulf of Mexico since Sunday.
Gulf Shores officials on Monday posted double red flags on all beaches in the city, meaning that extremely hazardous conditions are present and all waters are closed to the public.
The city said in a statement that water conditions might not appear life-threatening, but underlying rip currents posed a significant risk to anyone entering the Gulf.
Beaches in Gulf Shores were re-opened Tuesday under yellow-flag conditions, meaning that moderate surf and/or currents were present, and swimmers should use caution, according to a telephone hotline for information on beach conditions.
The men who drowned were from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Authorities say two men drowned in dangerous rip currents on the Alabama coast, and searchers are looking for a third person who hasn't been seen since going under.
Baldwin County Coroner Stanley Vinson says 25-year-old Matthew Hattaway of Bossier, La., was pronounced dead about 3 p.m. Sunday. A relative spotted him floating in the surf.
Vinson says 51-year-old John Hogue of Overland Park, Kan., died on the beach a few hours later. He had been swimming and was pulled from the surf unconscious.
Vinson says a third person disappeared in the water and hadn't been found Monday.
Authorities say all three people were swimming on Fort Morgan Peninsula near Gulf Shores when they got into trouble.
A city spokesman says the surf wasn't bad, but dangerous rip currents were a problem.