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Louisiana man drowns near Destin

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 18:05:23-04

A Louisiana man has drowned off a Destin beach, officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said in a release on Facebook that the man was pulled unconscious from the Gulf of Mexico near Destin after family members say he entered the water and disappeared from view a short time later.

Officials say the 911 call for a distressed swimmer in the Gulff off Highway 98 East in Destin came in around 9:30 a.m.

The man was pulled from the water and lifesaving measures were immediately taken; however, the man was declared dead a short time later at a local emergency room, officials say.

According to Destin Beach Safety, as of 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time Tuesday, yellow flags were flying on Destin Beach, which indicates a medium hazard, and red flags (for outgoing tide) were out along Destin's East Pass.

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