2 drown on Alabama coast trying to save child

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Two men have drowned on the Alabama Gulf Coast while trying to save a child in surf that is still rough from Hurricane Nate.

Capt. Stephen Arnold of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says the Coast Guard found the body of one of the men, and the search was continuing Tuesday for the other one.

Arnold says both men went into the water Monday afternoon trying to help a 12-year-old boy who was struggling in the waves.

The boy made it out and is safe. But Arnold says searchers retrieved the body of 47-year-old Steven Wahler of Owensboro, Kentucky.

He says crews are still looking for 21-year-old Bradley Murphy of Elberta, Alabama.

Arnold says authorities aren’t aware of any relationship between the boy and the men.


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