Black Sunday revisited

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM.

Running into the water, Hauser said he and his buddy were able to put LaMotte's body on their surfboard and bring him back to the shore.

"When we got him to the beach, his wife and little boy were there and that's what did it for me, I just lost it," Hauser said. "It took every drop of energy I had, and I just dropped to my knees."

"I beat myself up for two weeks after it had happened," he said. "I was just a 19-year-old kid right out of high school."

Walton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Robert Gray was on beach patrol for Black Sunday, and he told The Sun that it was a day he will never forget.

"It was probably the worst day I've ever had while on beach patrol," Gray said. "I was in the water multiple times that day; it was just a bad day all-around."

Looking back, Gray said despite the conditions and warnings, people kept entering the water.

"I just hate that we couldn't rescue everyone," he said.

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