Hunt Valley man drowns in riptide at Florida beach

April 16, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. - A 45-year-old Hunt Valley man died after he and his family were caught in a riptide Friday in the Gulf of Mexico.

Frank Moscardi was pulled from the surf by beach attendants and bystanders. He was the second person in a week to drown on Navarre Beach while trying to save a child from a riptide.

Officials with Sunset Beach Service, whose attendants work the beach and are certified as lifeguards, said Moscardi's young son got caught in a strong current. When Moscardi and his wife went to the boy's aid, they were swept into the riptide.

A lifeguard grabbed the boy and swam to safety. Ed Duval, a Sunset Beach manager, said he found Moscardi and his wife together. The wife was the more distressed of the two and Moscardi nodded when asked if he was OK, Duval said. As Duval swam the wife to shore, he saw Moscardi facedown in the water, he said.

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