Human chain to rescue swimmer in Florida beach.
Dozens of beachgoers in Panama City Beach formed a human chain to rescue a swimmer who got stuck in the waves this weekend.
Double red flags flew across beaches in Panama City, Destin, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and South Walton over the weekend while Tropical Storm Barry caused flooding and rough waters. The ocean was closed while the storm continued to make its way over Louisiana with heavy rains and the potential for dangerous flash flooding.
One Twitter user posted a video of a swimmer caught up in a rip current Sunday morning. In the video, dozens of beachgoers are seen forming a human chain to rescue the swimmer.
The sand portion of the beaches were open Sunday, but people who entered the water were subject to arrest.
The National Weather Service in Mobile called rip currents life-threatening. Early Monday morning, the NWS said bands of heavy rain moving into south Alabama could result in minor flooding of urban and low-lying areas, and “rapid ponding of water” on roadways.
According to the NWS, heavy rainfall will continue to move across southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama on Monday. The service said a “limited threat of flash flooding” will continue across this part of the area.
Gulf waters will likely reopen by Tuesday, depending on weather and conditions.