Louisiana man dies after being pulled unconscious from Gulf of Mexico near Destin

Sierra Rains
Northwest Florida Daily News

DESTIN — A Louisiana man died Tuesday morning after being pulled unconscious from the Gulf of Mexico.  

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about 9:30 a.m. regarding a distressed swimmer in the water off 1001 E. U.S. Highway 98 in Destin, according to an OCSO news release

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Family members said the 47-year-old man from St. Martinsville, Louisiana, entered the water and disappeared from view a short time later. 

The man was pulled from the water about 75 yards from the beach and lifesaving measures were taken immediately, OCSO reported. He was declared dead a short time later at a local emergency room.

The victim has not been identified.