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Father, Mississippi deputy, drowns while saving son at Sandestin beach

Staff Writer
Northwest Florida Daily News
Northwest Florida Daily News

SANDESTIN — The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday evening to a water rescue call at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on the Gulf of Mexico.

A 33-year-old was pulled from the water after saving his 10-year-old son who was in distress. The son was able to make it back to shore, but the father was pulled back out into the water, WCSO said.

The victim, was identified as William K. Nichols. He was pulled from the water and CPR was initiated. He was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased, according to WCSO.

Red flags were flying on Wednesday on South Walton Beaches, indicating a high hazard for rough surf and rip currents as a tropical disturbance makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.

Nichols was a deputy sheriff who served the people of Desoto County in Mississippi.

“His last act of service was rescuing his own son. We have no words to express our devastation. Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Desoto County.

“Rest In Peace, brother. We have the watch, “ a post said on the WCSO Facebook page.