JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The Michigan father who drowned after he saved his young daughter from the ocean at Jacksonville Beach was in town for his father's memorial service, family said.
Police said 28-year-old William Moritz went into the water to rescue his 6-year-old daughter at 8th Street North before noon on Saturday.
"As a result of saving Maddy's life he ultimately lost his," Nicole Doherty, a close family friend, wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Maddy was taken to Wolfson Children's Hospital and was released Saturday night.
Maddy's mother Magan tells Action News Jax Moritz's father died two weeks ago.
Moritz and his daughter were at the beach where family planned to hold a memorial service for Moritz's father later that day.
Magan said Moritz was very close with his father, and took his daughter to visit him once a year.
The service was cancelled after the family learned of Moritz's death.
Magan, who lives in Michigan, released a statement about Moritz's death:
Magan flew to Jacksonville to be with her daughter and said she is making arrangements for a funeral for Moritz in Detroit.
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