It proved to be a deadly decision for one man who drown at Miramar Beach Tuesday.
The man got caught in a rip current around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Jamie Byers went into the water trying to save him.
Byers and some bystanders pulled him to shore, but it was too late. Doctors pronounced him dead at sacred heart hospital. Byers was also hospitalized for excessive water in his lungs and stomach.
Sheriff's officials are pleading for people to observe the warnings. Sheriff's officials are pleading for people to observe the warnings.
Walton County Public Information Officer Dennis Wise says, "When the double red flags are up there that means stay out of the water, it’s closed. They come by and again warn you to stay out of the water, don’t go back in the water,(risking your life), but you may have somebody on the beach that may try to go in and at their life risk."
People who ignore Walton County flag warnings can be fined.