A Georgia father drowned in southwest Florida Tuesday after saving his 8-year-old daughter from a riptide, police said.
Thomas Zakrewski, 46, and his family were walking along a curved sandbar on Upper Captiva Island around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Lee County Sheriffs Office said.
Zakrewskis wife, who had been walking ahead of the family, turned around to see him and their 8-year-old daughter struggling in the water and immediately jumped in, the sheriffs office said.
Zakrewski managed to pass her their daughter but continued struggling and disappeared into the water, according to the sheriffs office.
A search-and-rescue crew involving multiple agencies responded to the scene. The sheriffs office said rough waters and wind hampered their search efforts.