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Tempe man drowns in rough surf off Fla. coast

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.


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