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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) -- Crews scaled back the search for two swimmers who went underwater near Perdido Pass Sunday evening.
Officials said they received a call around 6 p.m. after a woman was found floating face-down in the water near Alabama Point East and Perdido Pass. She was pulled from the water by a passing vessel.

After she was treated on the scene, she was then flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Officials said she had a pulse before she was airlifted and is in critical condition.

Witnesses said two other people who were with the woman were seen in the water clinging to an inflatable device and flailing their arms.

Orange Beach fire, surf rescue, and police departments were joined by ALEA marine units, and State Park Rangers in the effort to find the two swimmers.

The search was scaled back around 9 p.m. Orange Beach Police Department boats will patrol the area overnight and more crews will rejoin the search on Monday morning.

Officials have not identified the woman or the missing swimmers.
 

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Man that's just really unfortunate. I still find it hard to fathom how people don't take into account their own swimming abilities and assess their surroundings, but regardless it's always tragic to hear stories like this. Rumor has it the lady who was flown to Sacred Heart is not in very good shape, but it's 3rd hand or less accurate. Sad.
 

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We sure are losing quite a few this year. With the beach is closed, and this early in the season. I’m afraid our numbers may grow this year.
 

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Reporting two bodies now.

That pass is so dangerous for swimmers. They wade along in the current, get a little deep, hit a sudden dropoff, and then get swept,
 

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with all of the warnings out there, red flags, rip current alerts, no swimming signs, etc.
why do people go in the water and get into trouble? i can't understand how this happens
it is so sad to end your vacation like this.
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Reporting two bodies now.

That pass is so dangerous for swimmers. They wade along in the current, get a little deep, hit a sudden dropoff, and then get swept,
They also climb up on the bridge base and jump into deep water as boats go by..... Darwin at work
 

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We lived on the key for 30 years. I’ve swam under the bridge and yes if you step off a drop off your in deep shizit. I was a very good swimmer, surfer, diver. I got in trouble there one time and learned just how quick that outgoing tide is. Prayers to the survivor and all families
 

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People used to drift dive along the wall in the 80's. They used the current to their advantage. Most swimmers don't understand how currents work and how dangerous they can be. We see this every year and unfortunately we will see more.
 
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