Texas man dies after being pulled from Gulf of Mexico in Miramar Beach

Jim Thompson
Northwest Florida Daily News

MIRAMAR BEACH — A 55-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, man died at Destin ER emergency clinic Friday afternoon after he was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico at the beach along Scenic Gulf Drive, according to a news release from the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

The man was pulled from the water shortly before 1 p.m. by people at the scene just west of the Whale's Tail Beach Bar & Grill. A group of off-duty doctors and nurses who were there began CPR, according to the Sheriff's Office.

First responders arrived and continued CPR, the news release said. The victim was taken Destin ER, a short distance away on U.S. Highway 98, where he was pronounced dead.

The victim, whose name was not available Friday afternoon, was vacationing with his family, the release noted.

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At the time the man was pulled from the water, red flags were flying at the beach, signifying high hazard conditions under which going any more than knee deep into the water is dangerous.