Louisiana man drowns off Florida Panhandle

Witnesses say he was unconscious when bystanders pulled him from the water

Louisiana man drowns off Florida Panhandle
[Source: Okaloosa County, Fla., Sheriff's Office] (Source: Michele E. Nicholson)

(KSLA/AP) - A Louisiana man drowned off a beach along the Florida Panhandle, authorities reported Sunday.

He has been identified as 36-year old Carlos Wuberto Rodríguez, of Baton Rouge.

Rodríguez was seen flailing his arms and struggling in the Gulf of Mexico offshore of Gulf Shore Drive in Destin, Fla., about 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Witnesses said he already was unconscious when bystanders pulled him from the water.

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