COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Authorities said a tourist from Arizona drowned in
rough surf off a central Florida beach.
Police said William J. Clifford, 66, of Tempe, got caught in a
strong current while swimming with a friend Sunday afternoon off Cocoa Beach.
Rescuers from the city’s fire department, police and beach rangers brought
Clifford back to shore. Police said Clifford died at a hospital.
Earlier in the day, authorities said a surfer was bitten by a shark in the same
area where Clifford drowned.
Brevard County Ocean Rescue Assistant Chief Eisen Witcher said a 52-year-old
surfer was taken to a hospital with a shark bite on his foot.