Coast Guard searching for person in the water near Fort Pirerce, Fla

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — Coast Guard crews are searching for a person in the water in the vicinity of Fort Pierce, Fla., Sunday.

Surendra Sri Thakur, 26, and his cousin, Patrick were swimming in the vicinity of Avalon State Parkin Fort Pierce when a rough surf and current caused the two males to drift apart. A good Samaritan on a surf board rescued Patrick from the water and brought him ashore with no medical concerns. Sri Thakur was last seen struggling to stay afloat and was not wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard was notified at 12:24 p.m., Sunday, and immediately launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew, Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Fla., boatcrews, along with St. Lucie police department.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Sri Thakur, they are encouraged to contact the Coast Guard Sector Miami operations center at 305-535-4472.

The Coast Guard would like to remind the public about the dangers of rip currents. Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore and can happen at any beach.

If caught in a rip current:

  • Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly
  • Never fight against the current
  • Swim out of the current parallel to the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current towards shore
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore
  • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arms and yelling for help

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