A Slidell man drowned earlier this week while trying to rescue his fiancée swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.
The man was identified by family members as 53-year-old Maurice Cousin of Slidell, according to a report from WWL-TV.
Police said Cousin went into the water along 15817 Front beach Road Tuesday afternoon to help his fiancée who was caught in a rip current, WWL-TV reported. He was able to get her out of the water, but then he became caught.
Maurice Cousin, 53, of Slidell drowned while helping his Fiancée who was caught in a rip current in Panama City yesterday, according to his family.— Erika Ferrando WWLTV (@ErikaFerrandoTV) May 8, 2019
“He was an awesome, funny person. The life of the party,” his sister said. “He had a heart of gold.” @WWLTV
The report said Cousin became tired and went under the water for several minutes.
Cousin was pulled from the water by bystanders, but he was unresponsive. He was transported to an area hospital were he later died.
His family said there were yellow flags on the beach, but the water wasn't rough. A yellow flag means there is a medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents.
The address where Cousins was found is associated with a Calypso Resort and Towers, a beachfront hotel in Panama City beach.
The couple planned to get married next year. Cousins, who worked at Folgers coffee in New Orleans East, leaves behind two children.
He lived in Slidell, but he was originally from Madisonville and graduated from Covington High School.
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For the full report from the Panama City Beach News Herald, click here.