Officials say 2 died in Irene's rough surf

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - August 27, 2011

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says 55-year-old Frederick Fernandez was surfing off New Smyrna Beach Saturday morning when he went under water. Witnesses told deputies he was surfing one minute and was gone the next.

The Orlando Sentinel ( reported that Fernandez, a high school teacher, had a large cut on his head, apparently from hitting the sea floor.

Flagler County Sheriff's officials say a New Jersey tourist also died Saturday in rough surf.

Family members told deputies they lost sight of 55-year-old James Palmer just after he waded into the surf in north Florida. He was pulled to shore, where his wife attempted CPR. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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