Three men on Monday night drowned at Baracuda Beach in Ajah, Lagos.
The men were said to have drowned after crossing to the deep part.
It was gathered that one of the three men was first swept away by the currents while swimming.
Two of his friends dived in to rescue him after a lifeguard on duty refused to go into that section of the beach.
He claimed it was beyond the redline and unsafe for them to attempt a rescue.
The two friends also got swept away by ocean tides.
Permanent Secretary (PS), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said rescuers and paramedics were immediately deployed to the beach upon receipt of the report.
He said: “On arrival at the scene of the incident, it was reported that two beachgoers had drowned.
“Further investigation gathered revealed that two adult males died during a failed rescue attempt of a third adult male.
“The lifeguard stationed at the beach reported that the victims had ventured beyond the red line. Solo rescue is prohibited beyond these limits; which is why he was unable to attempt it.”