FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Strong onshore winds Monday led to a higher than normal danger of rip currents, where swimmers can find themselves grabbed by currents that seem to pull them out to sea. That led to more than half a dozen arrests Wednesday on. Ft. Lauderdale Beach alone.

Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue was called to Galt Ocean Drive after a 60 year old man was rescued from a rip current.

Spokesperson Matt Little said the man, still alive, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital as a trauma alert. Despite the rip current danger, the man had apparently been swimming in an area of the beach not protected by lifeguards.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and Ocean Rescue had made eight rescues by late afternoon Wednesday