Rip currents mar holiday weekend

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POSTED: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 10:09pm

Daytona Beach lifeguards pull dozens from the surf as rip currents made swimming in the ocean treacherous. Matt Grant reports.

(WESH) Red-flag warnings were in effect along the Central Florida coast Sunday as rip currents made swimming in the ocean treacherous.

"All hands are on deck for the whole weekend," said Captain Tammy Marris of Volusia County Beach Rescue.

Marris said they rescued 100 people who were caught in the strong rip currents. On an average day, beach patrol will rescue a dozen people.

"It'll take you away if you're not paying attention, and then you look up and have to work your way back in," said David Simmons, who almost had to be rescued when he was caught in a rip current.

"It dragged us out a couple times, but the lifeguards have been very diligent," he said. "They've been out with the flags and warning people to come back in."

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