UPDATE: The 10-year-old who died from a weather-related injury in Alabama is from Missouri.
WKRG reported that the boy was crushed by a log in a storm surf.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said the child walked out beachfront condo his family had rented in Fort Morgan.
The boy’s father, who is on vacation with the rest of the family from the St. Louis area, was attending to his other children outside near the water outside the beachfront property. A huge wave crashed into an enormous beach log, causing it to barrel towards the boy. The boy was struck in the head.
Officials said the boy’s skull was crushed by the log.
“The boy’s father was outside but several feet away attending other children and noticed a huge wave was coming ashore heading toward the log and his son,” said Captain S.K. Arthur in a press release. “The wave hit the log knocking the log into and over his son.”
Emergency crews, including a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, responded to the scene at Ponce De Leon Court, but the boy died at the scene.
“The boy was taken inside the condo and the father and a witness attempted to resuscitate the youth and called for medical assistance. The Fort Morgan Fire Department and Med-Star Ambulance arrived and attempted resuscitation but their efforts were unsuccessful. The young man was declared deceased at the scene.”
Officials are warning residents to stay out of the water as Tropical Storm Cindy draws closer to the Gulf Coast.
FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WJTV) — A 10-year-old has died in Alabama after reports say he suffered a weather-related injury.
According to WKRG, circumstances of the accident are still unclear. A U.S. Guard helicopter is responding to Fort Morgan, Alabama, a remote location south of Mobile Bay.
The initial call was for a possible drowning. We’re told that a child had to be pulled from the water due to severe facial injuries. Early reports said that wind caused an object to topple on top of him.