Man, toddler dead after being swept out by current off Apollo Beach; Good Samaritan missing

Hillsborough County

APOLLO BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says an adult and 3-year-old are dead after being swept away by a current at the Apollo Beach Channel on Friday night. A person who tried to rescue them is missing.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the man and toddler were swept away by a current and were unable to swim back to shore.

The Coast Guard says the Good Samaritan ran into the water to rescue them, but was also swept out by the current.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says marine units were able to locate the man and toddler, but neither survived.

“Couldn’t be more grateful for his heroic actions, unfortunately, the current was just that strong that he wasn’t able to attempt any rescue efforts as good and as pure as his attentions were,” Sheriff Chronister said.

Search efforts are still underway to locate the Good Samaritan.

This is a developing story check back for updates.

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