Baldwin County deputy drowns while trying to save distressed swimmer near Fort Morgan | Baldwin County Alabama News
FORT MORGAN, Alabama (WALA) – A Baldwin County Sheriff’s Assistant died Sunday night after entering the water to rescue three distressed swimmers.
A police source told FOX10 News that two MPs were patrolling the area when they spotted struggling swimmers in the Gulf.
Officials say Deputy Bill Smith died in the rescue attempt, the other deputy is hospitalized and is expected to survive.
Swimmers rescued from the Gulf are also expected to survive.
In March, Deputy Smith featured in a FOX10 News article about Baldwin County MPs patrolling the Fort Morgan Peninsula and being ready to respond to any calls for help or emergencies.
Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack said Smith was a seven-year veteran of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
The city of Orange Beach released a statement Monday morning saying that a deputy colleague who also responded has been released from the hospital.
The statement reads: “Condolences to the family and friends of Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Smith who died Sunday while responding to distressed swimmers on the Fort Morgan Peninsula. of the BCSO, Sydney Wentworth, is released from hospital and is expected to recover after also responding. “