DESTIN — A 49-year-old Tennessee man drowned in the Gulf of Mexico at Henderson Beach State Park early Saturday afternoon after apparently being caught in a rip current, according to Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michele Nicholson.

 

Emergency personnel were called to the park about 12:20 p.m. The victim was not breathing when emergency responders arrived, Nicholson said. Rescuers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the the scene and the man was subsequently taken to Destin ER.

It was not immediately known whether the victim was staying at the park, but he was in Destin with family members, according to Nicholson.

Saturday's incident marked the fourth drowning in Destin in a little more than a month.

• On May 18, a 65-year-old Jackson, Mississippi, man died after being found unconscious in the water near 770 Gulf Shore Drive after a friend lost sight of him.

• On May 24, a 63-year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia, man was spotted floating facedown in the Gulf near the Okaloosa County-Walton County line at 3796 Scenic Highway 98.

• On June 14, a 38-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana, man was seen struggling in the water near 300 Gulf Shore Drive. He was pulled out of the water unconscious and taken to the nearby Coast Guard station, but could not be revived.