Vacationing Dad Gives His Life to Save Kids From Drowning at Florida Beach

Playing Dad Drowns While Saving His Kids From Rough Surf

A vacationing dad died this week after saving his own kids from drowning at a Florida beach.

Authorities say Nadar Khalil of Ohio went into the water at Juno Beach in an attempt to rescue his kids from a riptide when he became caught in it himself, WPEC reported.

Passersby were able to pull the 46-year-old from the water with the help of surfboards, but he was unresponsive.

During the ordeal, frantic calls to 911 revealed confusion at the scene as first responders were initially unable to locate the victim.

"I’m not getting a good location with anything they’re giving me. I need a good location," a dispatcher said. "I need an actual address. Is there a condo right there at the beach that you could give me the name of?"

Despite all efforts, he remained unconscious when Palm Beach County Fire Rescue put him a stretcher and took him to the hospital.

The situation left bystanders traumatized.

"All of a sudden, he just look like he was totally out of it," Jupiter resident Alexa McDonald told WPEC. "Me and his son almost started drowning ourselves and we were screaming for help, for someone to help."

Even worse, the man's wife and kids reportedly saw the entire tragedy unfold. However, thanks to Khalil, they're all doing OK.

“At the end of the day, his daughter got back because of his bravery and heroism,” McDonald said.

Khalil was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead.

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