BREAKING: Drowning Victim Was Trying to Save Children

Update 5:03 pm

Witnesses tell News 5’s Debbie Williams the victim was from Dallas. We’ve also learned he was trying to help children caught in the rough surf.

Press release:

On June 23, 2017, at approximately 3:15 pm Baldwin County Sherriff’s Deputies received a call of a possible drowning near 363 Bernard Court East off Fort Morgan Road.  Upon arrival deputies discovered a 57-year-old male unresponsive to resuscitation efforts from the Fort Morgan Fire Department.

Preliminary investigation of the incident reveals that the male subject was attempting to assist several children who apparently were in distress while swimming in the gulf.  The male entered the water in an attempt to assist them and in doing so became distressed himself.  Witnesses advised that the man disappeared underneath the waves and after several minutes was pulled from the surf by fire department personnel.  Immediate first aid was rendered and resuscitation efforts were not successful and the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No additional information is available at this time.

Original Story

Sources have confirmed to News 5 that a swimmer has drowned along the Fort Morgan Peninsula.  The call for a swimmer in distress was to Bernard Court East off of Ponce De Leon Court. This is the same area where a swimmer got into trouble in the rough surf.  Six bystanders entered the water to try and assist that swimmer and two of them were transported to local hospitals, one by air.

WKRG is on the way and will have updates to this breaking news story. Debbie Williams will have a LIVE report on News 5 at 5:00.

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