Swimmer drowns near Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. National Park Service reports that a witness saw the two people caught in a current Friday afternoon on a section of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

The witness called 911, and lifeguards stationed 300 yards away responded.

The 59-year-old man from Robertsdale, Ala., was pulled him from
the water by lifeguards and transported by helicopter to a nearby
hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say the woman caught in the rip current was the 20-year-old daughter of the man's girlfriend. She was treated at the scene.

Authorities had not released the victims' names.
Information from: Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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