Man Dies While Trying to Save Two Drowning Children off Virginia Key
Two children were swimming yesterday afternoon around 3 p.m. off Virginia Key near the Miami Seaquarium when they began to struggle. Two men heroically jumped in to save them. However, one man died trying to the save kids.
The man, identified as Douglas Frank Butler, was visiting from Gainesville and had just celebrated his 47th birthday the day before. Police are trying to confirm if perhaps a prior medical condition contributed to the drowning.
The two children, a boy and a girl, were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. [NBCMiami]
- It's going to be a crowded summer at Hialeah's public pools. In an effort to help close a budget gap, the two public pools will only be open twice a week, while the two aquatic centers will only be open three days a week. If you wanna go swimming on a Wednesday, you're out of luck. Everything will be closed. [CBS4]
- Police are searching for a gunman who killed another man in a North Miami apartment complex. [WSVN]
- A piece of wreckage, believed to be from the Deepwater Horizon rig, washed up on a Florida shore in Bay County. [CBS4]
- Firefighters rescued a paraplegic man from a house fire in Hialeah on Saturday. [WSVN]
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