Slightly safer surf along beach where local teen drowned
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Conditions were slightly safer Friday at this popular getaway for south Louisiana families.
A week after a teenager from the Baton Rouge-area drowned while swimming during double red flag warnings, lifeguards were watching swimmers under yellow flag advisories. Yellow flags mean moderate surf and conditions. They are still concerning, but less serious than the conditions that were in play when Chaston Brown, 17, drowned.
Brown was from Ponchatoula. He had been on the high school football team at one time.
Brown was in south Alabama for a track meet when his group decided to spend last Sunday at the beach. A wave pulled Brown off the shoulders of a friend and he was swept into the surf and did not survive.
This weekend, a car wash is planned to assist his family in Tangipahoa Parish. It is Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Ponchatoula.
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