Father Swept Away While Trying to Save Drowning Daughter

Posted at 6:47 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 14:49:04-04

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a father died after jumping into the ocean while trying to rescue his 6-year-old daughter who was swept away by strong surf in Florida.

WJAX-TV reports ( ) that 28-year-old William Moritz died in the waters off Jacksonville Beach.

Relatives wrote on a gofundme page that Moritz died as a result of trying to save his daughter's life. The girl was later pulled from the water and taken to the hospital.

The family was planning to hold a memorial service for Moritz's father on the same beach later in the day. That was canceled.

The girl's mother told the television station that Moritz was a "kindhearted, selfless person."

Moritz is from Farmington Hills, Michigan.