Couple drown in rip while on vacation with children in Florida

Rip currents typically reach a speed of 1 to 2 feet per second.

A Pennsylvania couple drowned in a rip while vacationing in Florida with their six children, authorities say.

The parents, Brian Warter, 51, and Erica Wishard, 48, were swimming on Hutchinson Island on Thursday afternoon when the couple and two of their teenage children were swept out to sea by a rip current, the police said. Martin County Sheriff’s Office. said.

The teens managed to escape and tried to save their parents, “but it became too dangerous and they were forced to swim to shore,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Responders found Warter and Wishard and performed CPR on them on the ground, the sheriff’s office said. But the couple was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office said its deputy crisis response team was helping the children while they waited for other family members to come meet them in Florida.

Martin County firefighters said they would assess conditions Friday morning before deciding whether the ocean would be open to the public.

A rip current, flowing toward the ocean, can quickly carry a swimmer away from shore. Rip currents typically reach speeds of 1 to 2 feet per second, but some can reach 8 feet per second, which is faster than an Olympic swimmer, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Click here to learn what you need to know about rip current escape.

ABC News’ Jessica Gorman contributed to this report.

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