The man who drowned at Clearwater Beach on Monday, trying to save his son and niece in the water, has been identified as Thanh Nguyen, from Atlanta, Georgia.
Nguyen, 55, was declared dead at Morton Plant Hospital where he was taken after being pulled from the water.
Clearwater Police Department were called with Clearwater Fire Rescue to the beach Monday afternoon, about 2:33 p.m. for a drowning call.
Officials explained that Nguyen had noticed his son and niece having trouble in the water near Tower 3, so he went in to the water to try to help them. That’s when he began having trouble himself.
Lifeguards were notified and they found Nguyen floating in the water.
They began CPR until fire medics from Clearwater fire arrived.