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Update: The man who drowned Friday in the Gulf of Mexico has been identified as 63-year old Rogelio Moreno Gaitan of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Family member say he had been swimming by himself.

Less than a week after a 65 year old Jackson Mississippi man drowned in the Gulf of Mexico in Destin a second individual has been pulled lifeless from the water near the Okaloosa/Walton County line.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies say surfers spotted a man floating face down about 4:45 p.m. thirty to forty yards offshore of a restaurant at 3796 Scenic Highway 98.

He was pulled from the water and Destin Beach Safety workers immediately began lifesaving measures but were unsuccessful.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

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