|Tallahassee man, 55, drowns off Mashes Sands Beach|
A 55-year-old Tallahassee man drowned off Mashes Sands Beach in Ochlockonee Bay Sunday, Aug. 11 at 4:45 p.m., according to Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel.
The victim was pronounced deceased on the beach after law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel arrived on the scene at 4:27 p.m. The WCSO is withholding the name of the victim until next of kin can be notified.
Witnesses reported that the victim was out on a sandbar 100 yards offshore when he lost consciousness while swimming. He was at the beach with three friends. The friends attempted to assist the victim back to the shore and CPR was administered by witnesses on scene.
Wakulla EMS administered CPR to the victim to no avail. There were no signs of foul play and an autopsy has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 12.
Witnesses reported alcohol being consumed on the scene by members of the party. Sheriff Creel warned swimmers not to consume alcohol while engaged in marine activities and always pay attention to the rip currents.
Deputy Alan Middlebrooks, Captain Chris Savary, Lt. Sherrell Morrison and two members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) assisted EMS at the scene.