Swimmer rescued Saturday in Gulf Shores

Cotton Bayou Beach

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Beach Safety officials said a man was pulled from the surf Saturday afternoon and airlifted to a Pensacola hospital.

Melvin Shepard, Beach Safety Director for the City of Orange Beach, told FOX10 News this afternoon, the swimmer was rescued near the Gulf State Park Pavilion.  The victim’s name, age or condition has not been released.

Shepard said bystanders told him the man was underwater for about twenty seconds. Shepard said lifeguards removed the man from the beach,emergency officials were notified and the victim was flown to a Pensacola hospital for treatment.

Shepard said yellow flags are flying on the beach Sunday afternoon which means moderate surf conditions are present.

Shepard also warns of possible rip currents Sunday.

Beach safety officials say always check surf conditions before entering the water and it is always a good idea to swim where lifeguards are present.

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