A Georgian father drowned Tuesday in southwestern Florida after rescuing his 8-year-old daughter from a riptide, police said.
Thomas Zakrewski, 46, and his family were walking around 17:30 on a curved sandbar on Upper Captiva Island. Tuesday, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said.
Zakrewski's wife, who was walking in front of the family, turned to see him and their 8-year-old daughter struggling in the water and immediately jumped into the room, the sheriff's office announced.
Zakrewski managed to double his daughter but continued to struggle and disappeared into the water, according to the sheriff's office.
A search and rescue team made up of several organizations intervened on the scene. The sheriff's office said the stormy waters and the wind had hampered their search efforts.
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More than three hours later, the US Coast Guard and sheriff's office staff found Zakrewski's body about half a kilometer from where he had last been seen, the report said. press.
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The way Zakrewski died is not clear in the immediate future. According to the National Meteorological Service, there have been 28 deaths in the United States this year due to riptides.