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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Authorities on Monday recovered the body of a man who drowned one day earlier while trying to save his children from a strong current in Florida, according to WJAX-TV.

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Authorities said the man, whose name has not been released, disappeared after his children, age 4 and 9, got stuck in a strong current at Huguenot Memorial Park.

Search crews spent hours combing the beach and water on Sunday in search of the man. A woman who identified herself as the man’s cousin told WJAX on Sunday that he was the father of three children.

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“A bunch of witnesses created a human chain and were able to rescue the two young kids but were unable to rescue our victim,” Sgt. Ed Bawroski, of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, told WJAX. The news station had reported a high-risk for rip currents in the area Sunday and Monday. City officials said 44 people were rescued from the water over the weekend.

Officials with the National Weather Service recommend that people who get stuck in rip currents stay calm and avoid swimming directly to shore. Instead, officials recommend people in such situations “swim along the shoreline until you can escape the current’s pull.”

Rip currents can be up to 50 yards wide and pull people as fast as 8 feet per second, according to NWS.