Drowning in Camp Creek area of South Walton
(Santa Rosa Beach) –
At approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) received a call reporting two swimmers in distress adjacent to the beach area behind Pelican Circle and Seabreeze Boulevard in Seacrest Beach.
SWFD lifeguards arrived on scene and found one victim who had made it to the beach. After a scan of the water, a second victim was located offshore floating face down in the water. Lifeguards entered the water and brought the individual to shore where SWFD paramedics attended to the victim, who was unable to be resuscitated.
The incident is under investigation by Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the medical examiner’s office to determine the actual cause of the accident. At the time of the incident, the beach warning flags were yellow indicating a Medium Hazard, moderate surf and/or currents.
The SWFD urges all beachgoers to know their swimming capabilities, understand and heed the beach safety warning flags, the direction of lifeguards, and swim in front of a lifeguard tower. The location of this incident was 3 miles from the closest lifeguard tower.
For more information please contact Sean Hughes, Deputy Chief and visit our website at www.swfd.org