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Man dies of head injury while playing in surf off Volusia County

Friend, lifeguards pull man out of ocean

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A 65-year-old Florida man apparently suffered a head injury and died while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean off Volusia County.

Volusia County Beach Ocean Rescue Capt. Tammy Marris said the man was in waist-deep water Sunday when he became unresponsive.

A friend and beach safety officials pulled the man from the water and first responders began CPR.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead, officials said.

Marris said the man and his friend were playing in the waves. His friend turned around and saw the man face down in the waves. He turned him around and saw there was an abrasion on his forehead, officials said.

The incident remains under investigation.

The man's name has not been released.