Pennsylvania couple dies after drowning in rip current while vacationing with 6 children in Florida

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Brian Warter, 51, and Erica Wishard, 48, were pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday, according to Martin County deputies.

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A Pennsylvania couple died after being swept into a rip current while vacationing with their six children in Florida Thursday afternoon.

Brian Warter, 51, and Erica Wishard, 48, were swimming with two of their teenage kids on Hutchinson Island before they were all caught in the current, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

After the two teens managed to break out of the current, they reportedly attempted to help their parents but were forced to swim ashore because it became too dangerous. Martin County Rescue crews were able to find Warter and Wishard before conducting CPR on shore, deputies said.

Life-saving efforts continued in the ambulance and at the hospital before the couple was pronounced dead, according to deputies.

The sheriff’s office said a crisis intervention team assisted the couple’s children throughout Thursday as they await the arrival of other family members in Florida.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.