Authorities obtained a “frantic” 911 name round 7:30 p.m. Friday reporting that a man and a youngster had been wading within the water and have been swept out by the robust present on the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, Chronister stated Friday night time at a information convention.
The 911 caller’s boyfriend bumped into the water to save the kid and the man however was additionally overtaken by the present, the sheriff stated.
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“We are certainly calling him now, not just a Good Samaritan, but our Apollo Beach hero,” he added.
On Saturday, the sheriff’s workplace recognized that Good Samaritan as Kristoff Murray, 27, and stated search efforts for him are ongoing.
Multiple companies arrived on scene and used dive groups, boats and aviation instruments to full a grid search, the sheriff stated.
A boater coming back from a day at sea reported seeing a man within the water to authorities, Chronister stated. That man, the one who had been with the kid, was recovered from the water deceased.
The youngster was recovered a jiffy later and transported to the hospital, the place he died, Chronister stated.
The identities of the man and youngster who died and their relationship is not but identified, Chronister added.
The sheriff urged folks to strategy the water with warning as harmful rip tides proceed.
“It’s summertime in Florida. It’s hot. We all want to be in the water, we want to cool off. But please, when you have areas that are clearly marked no swimming, it’s for a reason,” he stated.
The circumstances within the water have been so tough that even rescuers have been having a laborious time with the search, he added.
Apollo Beach is about 17 miles south of Tampa and sits alongside Tampa Bay.