Man Drowns While Trying to Save Teenager in the Gulf in South Walton County

A 41-year-old man, vacationing in Walton County, drowned in the Gulf Tuesday afternoon while trying to rescue his 13-year-old nephew who was in distress in the surf.

Two Walton County deputies launched their jet skis and made a number of attempts to reach the victim, at times almost becoming victims themselves.

The victim has been identified as 41-year-old David Dubach of Metairie, La. He had gone in the water to rescue his 13-year-old nephew Cody Ziglar who was caught in the undertow.

Dubuc made contact with the child, however he was unable to get him back to the beach.

Thirty-six-year-old Michael Comeaux, another relative, went into the water to help. He was able to rescue the 13-year-old Ziglar, but was unable to rescue Dubuc.

Airheart Air Medical team responded their helicopter and were able to locate Dubuc some 200 yards east of Ed Walline Park still in the water.

Walton Deputies and South Walton Fire and Rescue responded to the sighting and were able to pull the man from the water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


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