MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Two men are dead after they were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico near Miramar Beach Thursday.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office said one of the men was 21 and from Louisiana and the other was 55 and from Georgia.
The sheriff’s office shared this post on their Facebook page:
Two men have died after being pulled from the water on April 8th in Miramar Beach. One is 55-year-old Kim McGrady of Dunwoody, Georgia. The other is 21-year-old Layne Gravois of Gray, Louisiana.
During these water rescues, the flags stood at single red. That still indicates the water as an incredible threat to human life with high surf and strong rip currents. Know that just because we cannot keep you out of the Gulf during single red, does not mean you should be in it. Mother nature can be very unforgiving. This is a difficult post for us. We know there are families still grieving. But, we’re begging visitors to please continue to educate themselves regarding the flag system. We will continue to do our part.
LSU confirms that Layne Gravois was a student at the university.
According to the LSU Reveille, Gravois died trying to save a child.
Lifeguards and South Walton Fire District officials pulled 11 people out of the water all at once in Miramar Beach on Thursday.
According to South Walton Fire District, two people were taken to the hospital in critical condition, seven were transported while conscious and breathing, but needing further treatment, and two refused treatment and are expected to recover.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that two of those who were transported to the hospital died.
Single red flags were flying at the time.
These two deaths mark four apparent drownings on the beach in Walton County in the last four weeks.
On March 16, a 54-year-old Texas man died after Walton County Sheriff’s deputies said he tried to save a young boy in the water.
The incident happened behind a home on Beach Drive in Miramar Beach.
On March 28, a 42-year-old Chicago man lost his life in a similar situation.
A close friend of his told our sister station he was trying to save two children who needed assistance in the water.
The incident happened on Monaco Street in Miramar Beach while double red flags were flying.