Body found after man gets swept away by rip current off Haulover Beach

Witness says he saw young man go under, never resurface

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A body was found Wednesday after a man got swept away in the water off Haulover Beach, police said.

Sky 10 was above the scene shortly before 11:30 a.m. as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and police were searching for the victim. Divers, boats, jet skis and a helicopter assisted in the search near Haulover Park Marina.

The U.S. Coast Guard was also called in the help search for the young man, who was identified Thursday as 18-year-old Darrius Rhome.

According to witnesses, two men jumped into the water and only one made it out. They told Local 10 News that it appeared that Rhome got swept away by a rip current.

"I saw him going up and down," witness Danny Murray said. "Every time he would go down and come up, he was further away."

Danny Murray said he didn't know the man was drowning until his friends asked for help.

"He went down and didn't come back up again," Murray said.

Miami-Dade police spokesman Daniel Ferrin said the body was taken to the medical examiner's office for positive identification. 

The National Weather Service forecast Wednesday morning said there was a high risk of rip currents along all Atlantic beaches.

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