Sheriff's Deputies, Tourist Help Rescue Surfers From Rough Waters at Beach in North Florida

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  • A group of surfers is lucky to be alive after being rescued by two deputies and a nearby tourist at a beach near Pensacola.

Two sheriff's deputies and a Texas man are being credited for saving six tourists from rough surf in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Pensacola News Journal reports Escambia County Sheriff's deputies Darren Robinson and Stefan Chamlis were on beach patrol on Tuesday when they spotted two young children, two mothers and two male family members struggling in the water. They radioed for help and went in the water.

At the same time, Frank Counselman of Rockwell, Texas, was on his balcony and saw the commotion. He grabbed a flotation device and ran to help. He helped one swimmer to safety while the deputies and the lifeguards assisted the others.

Officials say two men were treated and released from the hospital. The other swimmers are OK.

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