cocoa beach rip currents

Nearly a thousand miles from Louisville Thursday, it took just minutes for squeals of joy to turn into screams for help.

Stephone Ritchie, Sr., a 38-year-old from Pewee Valley, was in Orlando, Fla., for a family vacation when he and other family members decided to take a day-trip to nearby Cocoa Beach.

"On the way there, we were having fun with each other, driving beside each other on the way down," said Ritchie's cousin, Elishia Durrett Johnson. "We thought we hit the jackpot. No one around us. We thought we could just chill and have fun for as long as we want to."