NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A Winter Park man who was visiting New Smyrna Beach with friends died after drowning in the water, according to Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue.
Bystanders spotted Steven Rix, 27, in the 1700 block south area around 6:45 p.m. Sunday and pulled him to the shore. First responders performed CPR until Rix could be taken to Bert Fish Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead from an apparent drowning.
An autopsy and toxicology test will be used to determine Rix's official cause of death, officials said. A GoFundMe page has been created to cover his funeral costs.
Beach patrol flew a red flag Sunday to warn swimmers of potentially hazardous conditions. Beaches were packed with visitors and 38 people in Volusia County had to be rescued out of the ocean, one of whom was transported for precautionary reasons, according to a news release.
Calls for service included medicals, displaced children, parking violations, disabled vehicles, animal complaints and more.