Lt. Steve Brown of the Orange Beach police department said the bodies of the brothers were recovered early Saturday.
"It's a tragic incident", Brown said.
The drownings occurred near the Perdido Pass area, Brown said.
The search began late Friday evening after the pair went missing from a location a resort on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach. A call went in to officials about 7:12 p.m. after the two swimmers "went under the water and did not come up", according to a release.
The brother's grandfather tells the Advocate that the two boys were swimming about 20 yards from the beach when the 19-year-old tried to save his brother when both got caught in a rip current and were swept out.
"Whether it's green or red or any color in between, you have to be cautious when you enter the gulf", Brown said.
Multiple agencies including the Coast Guard, and Daphne Search and Rescue, searched in the water and in the air for hours until 1:00 in the morning.
Brown said Orange Beach police does not plan to identify the victims.