Texas man drowns trying to save his children

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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Another visitor is dead after drowning in the Gulf of Mexico this week.


According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, a 50-year-old Texan man drowned Sunday.

Officials said Alejandro Velazquez of Little Elm was pulled from the water by Destin Beach Safety Lifeguards of Scenic Highway 98 in Destin around 3 p.m.

They said Velazquez was attempting to rescue his children who were struggling in the water.

According to lifeguards, they were able to rescue the victim's 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, along with a 19-year-old.

Officials said the daughter told them she was swimming in a group when she began to struggle in the water. When her father came to help her, she said they got separated in the waves.

They said a lifeguard was able to use a rescue buoy to bring the children to shore, but another lifeguard found Velazquez face down and unconscious.

When they pulled him to shore, they attempted lifesaving measures but the victim later died at the hospital.

Officials said this is the second drowning on Okaloosa County beaches in the past five days. August 1st, a 19-year-old Mississippi teen drowned while swimming in the Gulf off of Okaloosa Island after lifeguard hours.

Beach officials said beach visitors are urged to always adhere to the beach flag system directives and know what to do if caught in a riptide.