A Florida sheriff wanted to know why people were continuing to get in the water off of Florida's coast despite knowing how dangerous the current was.
"I’m beyond frustrated at the situation that we have with tragic and unnecessary deaths in the Gulf," Bay Country Sheriff Tommy Ford said on Facebook. I have watched while deputies, firefighters and lifeguards have risked their lives to save strangers. I have seen strangers die trying to save their children and loved ones, including two fathers on Father’s Day." He added:
These same heroes, who have risked it all to save others, have been cursed and given the finger, while trying to warn visitors of the life-threatening dangers. We have used the tools provided by the county commission to fine violators $500 for entering the water on double red flags. We don’t have the resources or time to cite every single person that enters the water but we do our absolute best to use it as a deterrent to entering the water. An arrest is only authorized upon a second offense unless the individual resists law enforcement.
A few days later, a sports celebrity would be the ocean's next victim.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett drowned at the age of 35.
Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.
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