Texas Construction Worker Drowns off Florida Beach

Authorities have identified a Texas man who drowned off a Florida beach New Year's Day.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said Monday that a 27-year-old construction worker from Houston drowned in waters off Destin on Sunday.

Officials did not release his name but said the man was vacationing in the area with friends. Emergency workers received word of a man struggling in the water a good distance from shore on New Year's Day.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, fire department first responders, the Walton Sheriff's Office, the Coast Guard and others assisted in searching for the man.

He was found dead about 40 minutes later.

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