ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - Stormy weather in the Gulf of Mexico is causing some anxious moments on Alabama beaches.
FOUR RESCUED WEDNESDAY MORNING
Officials in Gulf Shores said four people had to be rescued from the water Wednesday, June 5. The rescues took place about 9 a.m., near the Lighthouse Condo on East Beach.
They were rescued by the Gulf Shores Beach Patrol.
ONE PERSON WAS HOSPITALIZED
Grant Brown with the city of Gulf Shores said, "One was transported up to South Baldwin Hospital, a 17 year-old. And he was Life-Flighted, at this point, to South Alabama hospital in Mobile. We do know he was breathing at the time. He was taken from the ambulance to the hospital."
Officials have not released his name or condition.
Lifeguards aren't stationed at that section of beach. They are stationed at the public beach.
Gulf Shores city officials said there was a combination of factors making Wednesday especially dangerous.
Brown said, "We have a low front, and you're picking up some of this current, and these strong breezes coming from the south. (There's) a lot of seaweed in the area this time of the year, too. So when you get situations where large seaweed masses that are floating offshore occur, they can very easily transport over the top of a swimmer. And if a swimmer is underneath the seaweed, you have a hard time bringing them back up through the seaweed."
SWIMMERS AWARE OF THE ROUGH SURF
People we talked to along the beach were aware of rough surf.
Gabby Boiciky said her friend, Faith Pyrice, ran into trouble for a short time.
Boiciky said, "There are some big waves. She almost got caught, but we got her back."
Pyrice said, "We were way out there, and she (her friend) tried to get me, and the lifeguards tried to come."
When asked if it was scary, Pyrice said, "Yeah. It was big waves."
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