Be careful, This is north of Dade Co. but it’s the same ocean. I was fishing Monday and watched an a$$hat nearly lose his life fighting a rip current. We pointed him toward a sand bar and he made his way out. He was one exhausted man and glad to be alive.
Glad you were there to help. It can happen quickly if you're not paying attention to the signs. You can usually tell the way the water is moving. Sounds like he was fighting it which is the natural response, albeit the wrong one.