Baldwin County deputy dies after swimmer distress call

Alabama News

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WKRG) – One Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office deputy was sent to the hospital and another deputy has died after responding to a swimmer distress call.

BCSO confirmed that Deputy William “Bill” Smith died after rescuing swimmers from a swimmer distress call. Deputy Smith served for seven years with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. Smith was a retired firefighter and formerly a deputy in Calhoun County.

Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement, “Deputy Smith’s brave and swift response to save the life of another should cause us all to pause and reflect upon the sacrifice of all law enforcement. We can never repay Deputy Smith for putting the life of a potential victim ahead of his own.  Tonight, we offer our prayers to Deputy Smith’s family and his friends and colleagues in the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.”  

Baldwin County’s Sheriff said the second deputy pulled from the water Sunday will recover. Hoss Mack says Deputy Sydney Wentworth was released from the hospital late last night. He said she is going to be fine.

Deputy Sydney Wentworth

BCSO confirms four swimmers went into the water by Indie Condos on Dune Drive in Gulf Shores around 6:00 PM Sunday night and needed to be rescued.

One swimmer was also taken to the hospital Sunday night.

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