Florida Man's Rescue From Rip Current Caught on Video

Rip current swept Shawn Huffman nearly 200 yards from the shore in a matter of minutes.
2:28 | 05/04/15

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Transcript for Florida Man's Rescue From Rip Current Caught on Video
Back now with "Gma" on the lookout. This morning, beach dangers. One Florida man lucky to be alive after being pulled deep into the water by a powerful rip current over the weekend. It is a frightening reminder as the weather warps up and more of us head to the beach and ABC's gio Benitez is at rockway beach in New York with more on this. Good morning to you, gio. Reporter: Good morning, Lara. A few surfers have wiped out behind us. Those unpredictable rip currents are on beaches everywhere. This morning we have the warning and the tips to get out alive. "Gma" aon the lookout. ? deep in the ocean and in distress, 31-year-old SHAWN Huffman swept away Saturday by a powerful rip current along Florida's cocoa beach taking him 200 yards from the shore in just minutes. Watch as his head dips in and out of the water. Struggling to gasp for air. Helicopters arrive with a flotation device as rescuers race him to shore. Rip currents they'll pull you out and if he was sdwiming directly against it trait toward shore it probably wore him out. Huffman collapses on the beach but survives. He's lucky. Rip currents kill 100 people every summer. They're the ocean's most deadly threats, more than lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes and occur when waves break fiercely at the shore. A stream of water moving away from the beach forms taking an unsuspecting swimmer with it. Wave. Last year I wanted to see just how powerful these rip currents can be. That's hard. Give me your left hand. Reporter: And was nearly washed away. You feel your heart racing. Definitely. And especially with all those wave, all that water hitting you and swallowing that water. It's disorienting. Reporter: What should you do? Experts say first always swim in the presence of a lifeguard and always watch for rip current warnings. Turn around and wave your arms and call for help. That's going to help you stand out from the rest of the people. Reporter: If you are ever found caught up in these deadly currents expert say always swim parallel to the shore, never towards it. And here's another thought. You might be tempted to go out there to try to help a friend or relative or anyone else who might be in trouble but the truth is you've got to go to those lifeguards. They are trained. They know how to handle these rip currents, Lara? He do, indeed, gio. Good advice.

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