South Walton Drowning

By: Mike Tolbert
By: Mike Tolbert

Walton county sheriff's investigators have identified a man who drowned in the gulf trying to save his family.

It happened around 1 p.m. Monday near the surfside resort in South Walton. Fifty-four-year-old Mark Steven Voigt apparently jumped into heavy rip currents to save his son and daughter.

A lifeguard was already in the water trying to pull-off a rescue. He says he told Voigt to stay on-shore, but Voigt ignored the warnings.

The lifeguard managed to save the son & daughter, but lost sight of Voigt.

South Walton fire officials found him a short time later and pulled him ashore. But it was too late.

Voigt was in the Air Force.

He was stationed in England and was visiting South Walton county.

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