UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): FOX10 News has learned new information about the 47-year-old Kentucky man who drowned after he went into the Gulf to save a little boy Monday night. According to the newspaper, Steven Wahler was the IT manager at the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Kentucky. A reporter there tells us Wahler was on vacation with his family in Fort Morgan. The newspaper also sent us a picture of Wahler.
BREAKING (12:30p.m.): A family member of 22 year-old Bradley Murphy says searchers have recovered his body. Murphy, along with several other men, went into the surf on Fort Morgan Road to save a child who was in trouble. Murphy is being called a hero, say family members. FOX10 News has a crew on the scene and will have more information on this story on FOX10 News at 4:00 p.m.
UPDATE: The Mobile County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the drowning victims. They say 22 year-old Bradley Murphy of Mobile and 47 year-old Steven Wahler of Owensboro, Kentucky drowned while trying to save a child who was caught in a strong rip current. Deputies say the two men were not related to the child who was rescued.
Fort Morgan Fire Rescue, Baldwin County deputies, and the Coast Guard were searching the Gulf near Kiva Dunes Resort in Fort Morgan Monday night after two men drowned. Kiva Dunes is off Fort Morgan Road. We later learned that the incident happened behind Plantation Dunes, right next to Kiva Dunes.
It happened just before 6:00 p.m. We’re told the call originally came in as four people in distress.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf Shores Fire Department, Fort Morgan Fire Rescue, and the Coast Guard responded.
A witness tells FOX10 News that he and two other men jumped into the water to help a little boy who was in distress. Those two other men didn’t make it out. The witness says the boy is OK, but his 21-year-old cousin was one of the men who drowned. He says he doesn’t know the other man, but he was older. All of the men who helped the boy, we're told, are from the area.
BCSO says the Coast Guard recovered one of the bodies a couple of hours later, but crews were still searching for the other man late Monday night. We’re told two Coast Guard helicopters were up as well.
FOX10 News was not able to get on the scene where officials were searching because the area is private property.
The witness says red flags were up at the time, and the water was rough, but there were not double red flags near the beach, signaling that it's illegal to swim.
We will keep you updated on this developing story.
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