Jonesboro man among drowning victims in Gulf Shores, waters now open

Double red flags are a signal to beachgoers that the water is closed.
Double red flags are a signal to beachgoers that the water is closed.

GULF SHORES, AL (KAIT/WFSA) – A Jonesboro man is the fourth victim of strong currents in the Gulf of Mexico after three other people drowned less than 24 hours before. The drownings had caused the closure of all the waters in Gulf Shores to the public.

According to Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson who spoke with , Warren H. Moore, 62, of Jonesboro died Monday after being pulled under the water by strong currents. Vinson says Moore was trying to save a woman caught in a rip current west of the Gulf State Pier near Royal Palms condo.

The woman was taken to shore by another swimmer, but Moore was pulled under and did not come back up, Vinson says.

According to the coroner, Moore's body was found by Alabama Marine Police. Vinson states Moore was pronounced dead at 1:19 p.m.

Gulf Shores has posted double red flags on all beaches within the corporate limits of Gulf Shores including all beaches from Gulf State Park west to Laguna Key.

Authorities say two other men drowned in dangerous rip currents on the Alabama coast, and searchers are looking for a third person who hasn't been seen since going under.

Vinson says 25-year-old Matthew Hattaway of Bossier, LA, was pronounced dead about 3 p.m. Sunday. A relative spotted him floating in the surf.

Vinson says 51-year-old John Hogue of Overland Park, KS, died on the beach a few hours later. He had been swimming and was pulled from the surf unconscious.

Vinson says the third person disappeared in the water and hadn't been found Monday.

Each of these victims was swimming on Fort Morgan Peninsula near Gulf Shores when they got into trouble.

Yellow flags are now flying on the beaches of Gulf Shores indicating a "Medium Hazard" for "Moderate Surf and/or Currents", according to

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