Drowning Victim at Honeymoon Island Identified

A man trying to save a trio of distressed children caught in a current fell victim to the waters himself Sunday.

A 65-year old man who came to the rescue of a group of children caught in a current off of Honeymoon Island, only to drown himself, has been identified.

Land O' Lakes resident Alan Hall drowned Sunday while being a good samaritan, per Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesperson Jennifer Diaz.

The incident remains under investigation by the DEP's Divison of Law Enforcement.

Hall, authorities say, noticed three children, who were vacationing with their family from Ohio, caught in a current and in distress. The parents of the children were able to come to the aid of two of the children but unable to reach a third, which is when Hall sprung into action, rushing into the water.

Hall was able to reach the third child and push the child out of the tidal current where the child was able to swim back to shore.

Just after Hall freed the child from the current, witnesses say, he leaned backwards, floating on his back for a period before turning face-down in the water.

Hall was retrieved by a boater and brought to shore but was unresponsive and not breathing.

After an emergency medical team administered CPR, Hall was transported to 
Mease Dunedin Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jeffrey Rosenfield April 09, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Such a sad story. The man died a hero.
teresa ann neff bolton April 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
The Good LORD is allways with us...praying for both families...........
Elroyhere April 10, 2012 at 02:39 AM
God bless you Mr Hall. Prayers to his family for their loss of their personal hero...


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