Spring Break Drowning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 21-year-old Houston man on spring break in South Padre Island drowned in the Gulf of Mexico after strong currents swept him from a beach.

Authorities haven't released the man's identity yet.

The Coast Guard says the man was swimming near a resort with a group of people Saturday when he disappeared. Coast Guard Lieutenant Charles Hawkins says the group was having trouble making it out of the water because of strong currents.

A helicopter and two boats searched for the man but without success until his body washed ashore near some condominiums Saturday night.

The National Weather Service says a moderate rip tide current warning was in effect at the time and the area had 25 mile-per-hour winds.

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