JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a father died after jumping into the ocean while trying to rescue his 6-year-old daughter who was swept away by strong surf in Florida.
WJAX-TV reports that 28-year-old William Moritz died in the waters off Jacksonville Beach.
Relatives wrote on a gofundme page that Moritz died as a result of trying to save his daughter’s life. The girl was later pulled from the water and taken to the hospital.
The family was planning to hold a memorial service for Moritz’s father on the same beach later in the day. That was canceled.
The girl’s mother told the television station that Moritz was a “kindhearted, selfless person.”
Moritz is from Farmington Hills, Michigan.