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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Two people have died and more than 400 people were pulled from dangerous surf in the past 24 hours in Brevard, Flagler and Volusia counties along Florida’s East coast, News 13 reports.

The count is from Sunday afternoon to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day.  Rip currents have kept lifeguards busy, and red flags have been flying along the coast for much of the weekend.

“I was scared, because we got to our chests, and I just felt it — I just said ‘No, we’re turning around,'” said Mary Pearsall, at New Smyrna Beach. “Being in there, it was too scary.”

On Sunday, Beach Safety officials said they rescued more than 235 people.

Christopher Milhoan, 43, from Tampa, died Sunday. Just before noon Monday, a 62-year-old visiting from Lebanon died.

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