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Arkansas man drowns near Gulf Shores

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An Arkansas man is among four people who drowned in dangerous rip currents off the Alabama coast this week.

Officials say William H. Moore of Jonesboro died Monday when he tried swimming to a woman who was having trouble staying afloat near the Gulf State Pier. Baldwin County Coroner Stanley Vinson says another person was able to pull the woman safely to shore.

Moore's body was found floating in the water about an hour later.

Moore was the fourth man to lose his life in the dangerous rip currents in the Gulf of Mexico since Sunday. As a result, all of the beaches in Gulf Shores were closed. Gulf Shores officials on Monday posted double red flags on all beaches in the city, meaning that extremely hazardous conditions are present and all waters are closed to the public.

The city said in a statement that water conditions might not appear life-threatening, but underlying rip currents posed a significant risk to anyone entering the Gulf.

Beaches in Gulf Shores were re-opened Tuesday under yellow-flag conditions, meaning that moderate surf and/or currents were present, and swimmers should use caution, according to a telephone hotline for information on beach conditions.

The men who drowned were from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.

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