HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (NEWSnet/AP) — A Pennsylvania couple on vacation in Florida drowned after they were caught in a rip current while swimming.

Brian Warter, 51, and Erica Wishard, 48, and two of their six children, were caught in the current on Hutchinson Island, along Florida’s southeast coast, Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.

“The kids were able to break the current and attempted to help their parents, but it became too dangerous and they were forced to swim ashore,” investigators said.

Martin County Ocean Rescue attempted life-saving measures, then took the couple to a hospital, where they were declared dead, according to the sheriff’s office.

A crisis intervention deputy is assisting the children, as other family members travel to meet them in Florida.

A rip current is a fast-moving column that flows away from shore toward open water. 

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