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All Gulf Shores beaches closed after 4th drowning in 24 hours

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Double red flags are now on all public beaches in Gulf Shores. No one should get in the water. Double red flags are now on all public beaches in Gulf Shores. No one should get in the water.
GULF SHORES, AL (WSFA) -

UPDATE: As of 6/11/13 all Gulf Shores beaches REOPENED under yellow-flag conditions

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The city of Gulf Shores is closing all public waters in Gulf Shores after the fourth drowning in less than 24 hours.

The city has posted double red flags on all beaches within the corporate limits of Gulf Shores including all beaches from Gulf State Park west to Laguna Key.

Authorities say extremely hazardous conditions are present.

Those seeing calm water SHOULD NOT BE FOOLED into a false sense of security. While water conditions may not appear to be life-threatening, the underlying rip currents are a significant risk to anyone entering the Gulf.

Authorities say two men drowned in dangerous rip currents on the Alabama coast, and searchers are looking for a third person who hasn't been seen since going under.

Other sources say the fourth victim, a grandfather, drowned after going into the water in an attempt to save his granddaughter.

Baldwin County Coroner Stanley Vinson says 25-year-old Matthew Hattaway of Bossier, La., was pronounced dead about 3 p.m. Sunday. A relative spotted him floating in the surf.     

Vinson says 51-year-old John Hogue of Overland Park, Kan., died on the beach a few hours later. He had been swimming and was pulled from the surf unconscious.

Vinson says the third person disappeared in the water and hadn't been found Monday.      

Each of these victims was swimming on Fort Morgan Peninsula near Gulf Shores when they got into trouble.

No details about the fourth victim's location was immediately available.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News. The Associate Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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