Man drowns while saving son caught in rip current near Gulf Shores

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 4:53 PM CDT
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GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - A man who rushed into the water to save his son caught in a rip current drowned over the weekend.

It happened Saturday around 7 p.m. near the Gulf State Park Saltwater Pavilion.

A Gulf Shores spokesperson said the 17-year-old son was caught in a rip current when his 49-year-old father rushed to save him. The son survived, but the father drowned.

The city said lifeguards had gone home for the day after 6:30 p.m.

The family was visiting the area from Louisiana.


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