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06/18/04

Man Drowns Saving Child

Rescue crews had been searching for Sandefur since Thursday afternoon. Rescue crews had been searching for Sandefur since Thursday afternoon.

After searching all day for the body of a man who drowned off Tybee Island, dive teams have called off the search. Thirty-six year old Kent Sandefur died yesterday saving a six year old boy.

Investigators say Sandefur was at the beach with his family. He was with a church group from South Carolina. Sandefur was on the shore when he noticed his pastor's son out on a sandbar. The boy was in trouble so he ran out to save him. A passerby saw what was happening and ran out to help.

"He had gone under but he pushed the kid toward shore," Larry Roberts, from Portage, Indiana. "That little kid was swimming as hard as he could."

U.S. Coast Guard crews along with Tybee Island lifeguards will continue to search the shoreline. Kent Sandefur was married with three children.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

 

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