Seacrest Beach, Florida
(Seacrest Beach, Fla.) - A Dearborn County man is dead after drowning in the Gulf of Mexico.
Richard Strobl, of Guilford, was on a spring break trip in the Florida panhandle swimming with his wife, Laura Strobl, at Seacrest Beach Tuesday.
According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Florida, deputies were called to the beach around 1:40 p.m. to find Laura had made it back to the beach and Richard was being pulled from the water by lifeguards.
Those lifeguards attempted but were unable to resuscitate Strobl. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel on the scene.
The sheriff’s office say Strobl had been caught in a strong undercurrent. His wife made it back to the beach, but Strobl was not seen again until lifeguards pulled him from the water.
Next of kin has been notified by law enforcement. Preliminary investigation has determined that the victim was swimming on the beach with his wife, Laura when they became caught in strong under currents. The mother made her way to the beach; however the victim was not seen again until he was pulled from the water by the lifeguards.
Major Graham Fountain, Director of Law Enforcement Operations for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with Laura Strobl following the incident.
“She was doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances, and wished to thank the life guards, fire/EMS personnel, and beach patrol deputies who all have been so kind and helpful to her and her daughter during this ordeal,” Fountain said.
“Our hearts go out to Strobl family as they deal with the loss of a husband and father. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers and will stand ready to provide any assistance possible,” said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson.
The drowning remains under investigation.