ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. – A 32-year-old man died Saturday after his family and friends found him floating in the ocean off St. Augustine Beach.
St. Augustine Beach police identified him as Sean Beaudet.
St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to the area of F Street on St. Augustine Beach around 4 p.m.
Beaudet's family and friends were with him at the beach and spotted him floating face down. They pulled him to shore and began CPR.
When SJCFR arrived, first responders worked to save his life on the beach, then brought him to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to Flagler Hospital in critical condition and later died.
St. Augustine Beach police said Beaudet just moved from Maine to Florida in February.
It's unclear whether he had a medical emergency in the water or if he got pulled under by a rip current.
A commander with the St. Augustine Beach Police Department said, "From what I understand, he was a good swimmer, but we had really rough surf today."
The Weather Authority's Rebecca Barry said our beaches saw a swell on Saturday, bringing larger-than-average waves along our shores.
"In addition to the messy, larger waves, our Rip Current Risk was elevated to the moderate range, making for potentially dangerous situations, particularly for less experienced swimmers," said Barry.