PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to an unresponsive young male at Mickler's Landing Tuesday afternoon.
St. Johns County Marine Rescue lifeguards spotted 20-year-old Thai Quoc Pham, a United Kingdom citizen in distress shortly before 3 p.m.
It appeared that Pham got caught in a rip current and began to struggle in the water about 50 yards from the beach, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
A lifeguard was able to reach Pham a short time later, however, he was already unresponsive when the lifeguard made contact.
Pham was pulled from the high surf and strong currents resulting from Hurricane Bertha and CPR was administered.
Pham was transported to Baptist Medical Center Beaches in critical condition and later passed away.
St. Johns County Marine Rescue was flying Red Flags throughout St. Johns County Tuesday. Red Flags are the most serious of all beach warning flags, warning swimmers of serious hazards in the water. Swimmers should use extreme caution if there is a red flag flying.