The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) responded to two unconscious victims in the Gulf of Mexico behind South Spooky Lane at 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
According to a media release, an unidentified male who entered the gulf was apparently caught in a rip current and taken underwater. A second unidentified male also entered the water to attempt a rescue but was also overcome by the rip current and taken under, according to the release.
SWFD lifeguards responded from the closest towers located 1/2 mile from the victims. Within minutes, three SWFD guards entered the water and retrieved both victims.
Once on shore, paramedics were able to sustain a pulse in one victim and transport him to a hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. The other victim, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead.
At the time both victims entered the water, red flags were flying and weather conditions included rain with lightning in the area. The incident occurred in an unguarded beach area.