OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) – Maine lifeguards are keeping busy because an offshore storm is roiling the waters and causing dangerous rip tides.

Old Orchard Beach lifeguards made 14 rescues on Thursday alone. Lifeguard Wesley Rhames says the wind and surf are not that bad but he says the angle of the currents is creating rip tides. He says swimmers think they’re fine until they realize they’re getting pulled away from shore.

On Wednesday, a Saco man drowned in the waters of a local beach known as Kinney Shores. It’s unknown whether a rip tide was a factor in his death.

Information from: WCSH-TV, http://www.wcsh6.com

AP-ES-07-18-08 0612EDT

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