Scottish man dies in Seagrove Beach

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:13 PM.

About 30 minutes after the initial 911 call, guards found Smart floating facedown about 600 feet west of where he was last seen, the report said.

He had no medical conditions and had recently passed a physical, according to the call history records.

Red flags were flying and there were 5 to 6 foot waves, the report said.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death, though Rodriguez told the Northwest Florida Daily News that a “medical event” rather than drowning was to the cause of death.

South Walton Fire District, which provides lifeguards through its Beach Safety Division, said the incident occurred on a non-guarded beach, within sight of a red flag. The incident was reported to the Walton County Tourist Development Council, as is required under the fire district’s contract.


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