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Albany couple drowned off Florida coast

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -An Albany couple drowned Saturday morning off Florida's south Atlantic coast after authorities say the two got caught in rough surf. It happened off Lantana Beach in Palm Beach County where the victims, Denis and Barbara Agelatos where staying at a cousin's condo. 

57-year old Barbara Agelatos went for a swim and got caught in rough surf, deputies say 70-year old Denis Agelatos jumped into the water to rescue her. He also got caught in the strong tide. Another person on the beach tried to rescue the couple but it was too late.

Mohammad Nizam and Shumaila Ali are the Agelatos' neighbors who lived on West Lake Ridge Drive. They found out the news when police came to their door and asked about them.

"It's really so sad," said Nizam. "We hadn't seen them in a while and the dog hadn't come out. We cleaned our yard yesterday and didn't see their car and we didn't think anything of it."

Patricia Martin lives across the street and she had no idea about the incident either.

"They were great neighbors and there was nothing to complain about and it's just heartbreaking to hear this," said Martin.

She says Denis was from Greece and he traveled frequently. She says he also had to sons who appear to be in their twenties.

"They were very good people and they stayed to themselves but every time they went out we'd say hello and we were very good friends with their sons," Martin noted.

Nizam and Ali say the Agelatos welcomed them to the neighborhood when they moved in about a year ago.

"They came in an met us and they were very nice people," Nizam added." We didn't know them really well but as neighbors we used to see them and say hello."

Paramedics rushed the Agelatos to JFK Medical Center where the two were pronounced dead. Avoid becoming a victim rough surf and rip currents.

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