Autopsy Set for Woman Pulled from Gulf off Fla.

By: AP
By: AP

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Panhandle police say an Alabama woman has died days after helping her daughter and her daughter's friends escape a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sonia Westmoreland of Hartselle, Ala., died Wednesday.

Police tell The News Herald that the 42-year-old was pulled from the waters off Panama City Beach around 7:30 p.m. Sunday and taken to a hospital.

Witnesses said Westmoreland had gone into the water to help her daughter and her daughter's friends after they caught in a rip current.

The girl and her friends returned to shore safely.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

------ Information from: The News Herald,

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