Woman dies after family of 6 caught by rip currents off Miami Beach

Beachgoers watch helplessly as family struggles in water

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Christian De La Rosa - Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A woman has died after dangerous rip currents off Miami Beach pulled her family farther away from shore Thursday afternoon.

Miami Beach police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez told Local 10 News that the 35-year-old woman died shortly after arriving at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

A family of six, including three 11-year-old children, struggled against the strong currents in the Atlantic Ocean.

Cellphone video shows the panic on the beach near Collins Avenue at 17th Street. Dozens of beachgoers watched helplessly as the family screamed for help.

"The guy, his head kept going up and down," witness Derek Harris said.

Lifeguards rescued the family from the water. The woman and the rest of her family were rushed to the hospital.

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