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Four men who tried to rescue boy called heroes

Posted October 10

— Authorities are praising the men who tried to rescue the 12 year old boy who was yelling for help in Fort Morgan.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Officials say four men tried to rescue the year old boy who was swept out into deep waters.

But only two of the men are still alive.

Corporal Shane Robinson with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said, "We consider all four subjects to be heroes."

Robinson did not identify the 12 year old boy, but said he isn't from our area.

Robinson said, "He's doing well. We understand he was taken to South Baldwin (Regional Medical Center). He was found to be in really good condition and with his family now."

Many people on the beach at Fort Morgan Tuesday morning had heard about the search.

Phillip Skelton from Huntsville said, "We saw it in the news last night. That's pretty tragic."

Skelton knows how dangerous the surf can be.

He said, "We come down here quite a bit. We're very familiar with the riptide. We don't get in the water when the flags are flying."

Gary and Penny Robichaud are visiting from Maine, and knew something was happening on the beach this morning.

Gary Robichaud said, "I saw some search people out. Helicopters, boats, yeah."

Penny Robichaud said, "That's too bad. That puts a damper on the whole thing. "

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