Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne guest drowns in ocean

Mercy Hospital doctors pronounce man dead


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Amid a National Weather Service rip current risk alert on Saturday afternoon, a man who was a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne drowned while swimming in the ocean.

The man was swimming when he went into cardiac arrest, according to Key Biscayne Fire Rescue. Paramedics rushed to his aid at 455 Grand Bay Drive and took him to Mercy Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal hazard message about 4 p.m. warning of a "high rip current risk" that will be on effect until Monday morning. 

Meteorologists warned of "strong and dangerous" rip currents along the East Coast beaches of South Florida. 

Authorities were advising swimmers to remain calm and swim in a direction following the shoreline when caught in a rip current. 

Another man died while swimming in the ocean off Miami Beach on Friday night. 

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