Lifeguards pull four people from Gulf of Mexico during nearby TV interview

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. – Four people were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday during a live television interview about a missing swimmer.

NBC affiliate WJHG was interviewing a Walton County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson about the recovery operation for a swimmer who disappeared Tuesday night. During the interview people started screaming.

Red flags were flying at the time, indicating dangerous rip currents.

Lifeguards pulled four people from the water, which was then closed to swimmers.

The Walton County sheriff says 12 people were rescued from the water Tuesday after being told multiple times to stay out. At least three swimmers died in Florida Tuesday – the deadliest single day on Florida Panhandle beaches this year.

The recovery effort for Tuesday’s missing swimmer continues.

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