Man drowns while trying to save 11-year-old grandson at Playalinda Beach

Boy was struggling in rough surf

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A man’s effort to save his 11-year-old grandson as the boy struggled in rough surf at Playalinda Beach ended with the man drowning.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said a 58-year-old Kissimmee man, later identified by authorities as Domingo Soto, was with his family around 3:30 p.m. Sunday when he noticed his grandson struggling to swim.

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Soto went in the water to help his grandson and ss they were on their way back to shore, Soto was swept under by a wave. He disappeared in the water for a few minutes and when he resurfaced he was unresponsive, officials said.

Deputies said CPR was performed, but Soto died.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the family.