Search Mounted For Rip Current Victim

FT. PIERCE (CBSMiami) – The Coast Guard is searching by sea and air for a person who went swimming in the Atlantic off the coast near Ft. Pierce Sunday and disappeared.

The Coast Guard believed the swimmer,  26-year-old Surendra Sri Thakur, may have been caught by a rip current.

Sri Thakur and a cousin were swimming in the Avalon State Park area in Fort Pierce when rough surf and a rip current separated them.

Sri Thakur’s cousin was unharmed, and brought ashore on a Good Samaritan’s surfboard.

The Coast Guard says Sri Thakur was last seen struggling to stay afloat. He was not wearing a life jacket.

  • Jimbo99

    Just a tip, but even in rougher seas, you can stay afloat longer by trying to float on your back, rather than try to tread water in the traditional sense of treading water. Yeah you’ll get hit by surf, but time it right and you’ll be able to catch your breath in between the whitecaps.

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