GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP/KTHV) - A popular traveling destination for Arkansans had some deadly swimming conditions this week.
Gulf Shores, Alabama closed all of its beaches on Monday after four men drowned in dangerous rip currents in the Gulf of Mexico since Sunday.
City 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. The man from Arkansas was William H. Moore, and he lived in Jonesboro. A local minister remembered Moore as a quiet, humble and compassionate man. Moore drowned Monday as he was trying to save another swimmer in rough water.
THV 11 News has also learned that a Cabot teen is in the hospital in Mobile, Ala. following a water rescue last week. The teen is Joshua Goolsby, a senior at Cabot High School.
THV 11 spoke with his stepdad, Tony Howard, on Tuesday. He said on their first morning of vacation to Gulf Shores, Goolsby and his brothers ran into the Gulf and within minutes encountered rough waters. Howard said he and one of Goolsby's brothers tried to rescue the teen but could not get to him. Ultimately, Howard said some good Samaritans rescued him. Howard said that his son is in critical condition in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.
"He's doing better every day, and he still has a long way to go, and I'm very confident he will be Joshua again," Howard said.
Goolsby works at the Popeye's in Cabot. Right now, there's a sign out front offering prayers for his recovery.
*The Associated Press contributed to this report.