Swimmer nearly dies crossing Sound on a dare


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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office identified Robert David Walters as the man pulled from the Santa Rosa Sound Monday after trying to swim cross the waterway on a dare.

The 53-year-old man was still in very critical condition at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Tuesday afternoon, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Michele Nicholson.

Walters was in cardiac arrest when a bystander pulled him to shore near the Nauti Girls restaurant under the Brooks Bridge about 3 p.m., said Capt. David Stone with the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department.

Firefighters and emergency medical personnel were able to obtain a pulse before rushing him to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Stone said.

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