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Santa Rosa Co family talks about drowning death
The two missing swimmers found overnight in Santa Rosa County have been identified.
The sheriff's office says 26 year old David Florian and his 21 year old brother Greg both drowned near the Deaton Bridge area Tuesday evening.
Witnesses say the two stepped off a sandbar and the current took them under.
Around 11 pm Escambia Search and Rescue discovered the first body.
Two hours later the second body was found.
Around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department says that's when Greg and David Florian went missing from Deaton Bridge.
Family members say brothers David and Greg Florian were spending the day at Blackwater with their older brother and friends.
The group was enjoying a picnic on a sandbar when the two brothers decided to cool off and stand in the water.
"They were clowning around a bit and not realizing the dangers of how a riverbed could suddenly be really steep and they stepped into an area that was too deep for both of them and the current so strongly pulled them out and under," said Father John Licari.
"You could be wading on a sandbar and it looks fine. You could look down and see the bottom and two steps away you're in 10 feet of water all of the sudden," said Lt. Brian Lambert.
Their uncle, Father John Licari says neither of the young men knew how to swim.
Those watching on the shore told the brothers to grab a hold of limbs hanging over the river.
Neither were able to. Witnesses watched both go under and never come back to the surface.
"It's deceiving how fast the water could be moving which makes it almost impossible for somebody to swim in," said Lt. Brian Lambert.
Both men were graduates from Catholic High School. And family members say they brought joy to all those they met.
"Both of them were very Christ centered young men," said Father John Licari.
Their funeral service will be held Saturday at St. Paul's Catholic Church.