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Kentucky native dies while trying to rescue teens in rip current

He's being called a hero.

The family of a former Kentucky man is remembering him after he drowned while trying to save some teenagers off the coast of Florida.

Investigators say the teens became caught in a rip current near Navarre Beach, when Randall Toney jumped in the water to save them.

Toney is from Pulaski County. He moved to Florida about a year ago because his family says he wanted to be closer to his grandchildren.

The waters were reportedly rough on the Gulf Coast Thursday when Toney saw some teenagers in trouble.

"He was trying to get them out of the water, him and two other adults," Tracy Toney, Randall's brother, said. "He didn't make it out of the water."

Police say Toney got about halfway out when a current pulled him under.

Several others were eventually able to rescue the teens, and Toney's body was recovered about ten minutes later.

Toney's family says his loved his new home near the white sandy beaches of Florida's Gulf Breeze community.

They say his heroic act doesn't surprise them one hit.

Toney's body will be flown back to Pulaski County where his funeral will be next Saturday at Pulaski Funeral Home in Somerset.

The drowning is still under investigation.

Police say the area had been plagued by dangerous surf conditions and rip currents for several days.


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