Double Red Flags: Gulf Shores Waters Closed To Swimmers

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (WHNT) - The City of Gulf Shores has closed its beaches to swimmers, posting double red flags along the shoreline.

This includes all beaches from Gulf State Park west to Laguna Key, according to a notice posted on

Double red flags indicate extremely hazardous conditions are present, and all waters are closed to the public.

An underlying rip current has proved dangerous for swimmers in the last week.  On Sunday, two men drowned near Fort Morgan, WKRG reported.  The victims are identified as Matthew Hattaway of Louisiana and John Hogue of Kansas.  Crews are still looking for a third man.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that two more men drowned while swimming off Santa Rosa beach over the weekend.

Officials say rough surf and rip currents were likely the cause.  Stormy weather in the Gulf of Mexico is hampering the search for the third man.

Last week, six swimmers were rescued from a dangerous rip current on another part of the beach.