A father and his three-year-old baby died Friday night after being swept away by the storm surge in Tampa Bay, in western Florida. Authorities continue to search for another man who tried to save them and who is still missing.
The search for the big-hearted man who tried to rescue a father and a baby who drowned in Florida has continued into Saturday morning, according to WFLA-TV.
The incident occurred around 7:30pm on Friday at the Apollo Beachnature reserve, according to local media, when both, who have not been identified, were pulled out of the sea. However, the good Samaritan who came to his rescue did not suffer the same fate either.
Kristoff Murray, 27, was on the beach, saw what was happening and immediately went into the sea to try to save them. The strong swell prevented the two from approaching, but it was impossible as he had to face the waves and lost his track.
Rescuers located the father and son about 90 minutes later. The man was found dead in the water and the boy was rushed to a local hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
Authorities said Murray was unlikely to be found alive and police said he had become “our Apollo Beach hero.”
Swimming is prohibited in the Apollo Beach Nature Reserve and authorities recalled that even rescue teams had serious problems performing rescue tasks due to difficulties due to strong currents.
“It’s summer in Florida. It’s hot. We all want to be in the water. We all want to cool off,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronistersaid. “But please, when there are areas clearly marked with ‘No Swimming’, it is for a reason,” he added.