BOCA RATON — With Hurricane Matthew just off the coast of Florida, Boca Raton Fire Rescue is warning residents who are gathered near the ocean: Stay away from the water.
“There’s nobody there if you have an issue,” said Assistant Chief Michael LaSalle in a Facebook Live video published on Boca Raton Police’s page. “There’s nobody there to come out and help. You’re basically on your own.”
Certain Boca Raton beaches are usually staffed with Ocean Rescue lifeguards, however not today, LaSalle said.
Just before 2 p.m., a Palm Beach Post reporter captured a handful of residents gathered at the pavilion at South Beach Park, at Palmetto Park Road and Ocean Boulevard, looking out at the ocean.
Here’s the Facebook Live video: