Body of 19-year-old found after swept away in water in Fort Morgan

Baldwin County

UPDATE 2:45 AM Saturday, 8/21/21: Ft Morgan VFD Chief Craig Román says the victim’s body was found at about 11:30 Friday night

UPDATE (6:36 p.m.): Fort Morgan Fire Chief Craig Roman said crews will search until dark Friday night and then suspend the search if nothing is found.

They will resume the search at first light Saturday morning.

Beach patrols were dispatched Friday night and will resume in the morning.

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WKRG) (original story) — Several agencies were searching Friday afternoon for a young man who disappeared during rough conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 19-year-old from Florence, Alabama was knocked over by a wave and pulled out into the Gulf. It happened in Fort Morgan near Dune Drive.

Chief Craig Rohman with the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department described the search effort as a recovery mission.

Gulf Shores Fire Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard were assisting with the search from the water and the air. Divers were also brought in to help.

The location of Friday’s incident is near where Baldwin County Deputy Bill Smith drowned while responding to a swimmer in distress call in June.

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