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Franklin County Sheriff: Father of 2 drowns off St. George Island while visiting

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 18:23:37-04

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. (WTXL) — A 40-year-old man is dead after an drowning off St. George Island Monday afternoon.

The Franklin County Sheriff's office confirmed the information in a Facebook live on Monday.

Sheriff A.J. Smith said they were called for a water rescue around 2 p.m. when the man became distressed while swimming. Despite first responders efforts, the man died from an apparent drowning.

Smith said the man was visiting the beach as a tourist with his two small children and his wife.

"The conditions were pretty rough out there," Smith said. He said that more details would be released at a later date.