10-year-old drowns in a rip current off Daytona Beach

A 10-year-old boy died on Saturday after being pulled back currents off Daytona Beach, Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials said.

This is the second water-related death reported at Daytona Beach in three days.

The boy from Keystone Heights, Clay County, was swimming with two others in the 700 block of Atlantic Avenue near the Glenview Boulevard walkway when they got caught in a rip current, the captain said rescue team of Ocean Alex Miller.

The incident happened at 6:16 p.m. Rescuers spotted the three boys struggling in the return currents about 100 yards offshore and rushed to rescue them, Miller said.

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All three were brought ashore where CPR was performed on the 10-year-old. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach where he was pronounced dead, Miller said.

The 10-year-old boy is the second person to die in three days after being rescued from the waves.

Ocean Rescue officials said on Thursday that a 58-year-old Daytona Beach man identified as Glenn Scott Engell was found face down in the surf near the Daytona Beach Bandshell.

Rescuers shot Engell and tried to revive him. Engel was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center where he later died, Ocean Rescue officials said.


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