Florida Rip Currents Claim 2 Lives, Including Child, While Good Samaritan Remains Missing – CBS Miami
TAMPA (CBSMiami / CNN) – Dangerous rip currents have claimed the lives of two people, including a 3-year-old child, and missing a third person on a beach near Tampa, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.
Janosh Purackal, 37, and Daniel Purackal, 3, of Gibsonton are the names of the deceased, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday.
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Authorities received a “frantic” 911 call at around 7:30 pm on Friday reporting that a man and child were wading in the water and being swept away by the strong current in the Apollo Beach nature reserve, Chronister said at a press conference on Friday evening.
The woman who called 911 said her boyfriend ran into the water to save the child and husband but was also overtaken by the current, the sheriff said.
“Her friend saw that the adult and child were having trouble and immediately jumped into the water without hesitation to try to save them both,” said Chronicle.
“We certainly now call him not just a good Samaritan, but our Apollo Beach hero,” he added.
On Saturday, the sheriff’s office identified the Good Samaritan as Kristoff Murray, 27, and said the search for him is ongoing.
The sheriff’s office announced Monday that the search for Murray is continuing.
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Several agencies arrived on site and deployed dive teams, boats and aircraft to conduct a grid search, the sheriff said.
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A boater returning from a day at sea reported seeing a man in the water, Chronister said. This man, who had been with the child, was rescued from the water of the deceased.
The child was recovered a few minutes later and taken to the hospital, where it died, chronicler said.
The sheriff urged people to approach the water with caution as the dangerous floods persist.
“It’s summer in Florida. It is hot. We all want to be in the water, we want to cool off. But please, if you have areas that are clearly not marked for swimming, there is a reason, ”he said.
Conditions in the water are so harsh that even rescuers have difficulty searching, he added.
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Apollo Beach is about 17 miles south of Tampa and is on Tampa Bay.