Man Drowns off Tybee Beach

Police believe Manuel Munes got caught in a rip current.
Police believe Manuel Munes got caught in a rip current.

Tybee Island Police and emergency workers are investigating the first drowning of the season on Tybee Beach. Police say 18 year old Manuel Munes from Atlanta drowned Sunday afternoon after he got caught in a riptide.

Around 1:30 p.m., workers from Burke's Float Rental saw Munes and his girlfriend more than 50 yards out from the beach having trouble in the water. They managed to get her safely to shore; however, they couldn't reach Munes. His girlfriend said he didn't know how to swim. Police say the current was moving so fast, it swept him about 150 yards from the beach.

Lifeguards, along with Coast Guard and Lifestar helicopters and beach patrol boats from the Coast Guard, Tybee and Chatham County spent the next hour and a half searching for Munes. They found him around 3:00 p.m. Emergency officials tried to revive him, but he had already died.

Lifeguards say rip currents are extremely dangerous. If you get caught in one, don't panic. Swim parallel to the shore until you can get past it.