Lawrenceville man drowns in Gulf of Mexico

A 63-year-old Gwinnett County man died Friday afternoon while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico on a trip to Florida, authorities said.

Surfers spotted Rogelio Moreno Gaitan of Lawrenceville floating face down in the water off Destin, about 30 or 40 yards from a restaurant along Scenic Highway 98, Okaloosa County deputies told WMBB.

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First responders pulled Gaitan from the water and tried to resuscitate him, but they were unsuccessful, authorities said.

Family members told police Gaitan had been swimming alone before the drowning.

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