Beach warnings along Alabama coast
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Authorities are searching the coast for a 17-year-old from Ponchatoula who went missing after being caught in rough surf Sunday afternoon.
Chaston Brown was visiting the beach after attending a track meet, friends told WBRZ News 2. Brown had played football for Ponchatoula High School at one time.
WALA TV reported on its website, Brown's apparent drowning is the first of the year at the popular Gulf Coast destination.
"We really just want to be able to find his body, that way we can set up some type of funeral service and get something done because I hate to let it go and not do anything about it because he was close to us. We've all known him for about five years. He was like a great friend. He was a brother to us," Brown's friend, Tyler Miller told the TV station.
The search for Brown began at about 4 p.m. when a distressed swimmer was reported. Police, lifeguards, state troopers and fire fighters with a fire boat assisted in the search Sunday and Monday.
Monday, there were swim advisories posted on the coast. The warnings were alerting swimmers to high surf and strong currents. Click HERE to review conditions in Gulf Shores today.
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