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Montgomery police officer dies after being pulled from Gulf of Mexico

(Source: The Rider Family) (Source: The Rider Family)
Rian with his brother Josh and sister in law Leslie. (Source: The Rider Family) Rian with his brother Josh and sister in law Leslie. (Source: The Rider Family)
Rian with Josh, Leslie, his niece Harley and nephew Sean. (Source: The Rider Family) Rian with Josh, Leslie, his niece Harley and nephew Sean. (Source: The Rider Family)
Lifeguards quickly got to the man. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Lifeguards quickly got to the man. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WSFA) -

A Montgomery Police Department lieutenant died after being pulled from the Gulf of Mexico off the Alabama coast around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Orange Beach police.

Lt. Rian J. Rider, 34, was swimming with family members near the Cotton Bayou Beach Access when he and his niece got caught in a rip current. Rider was able to rescue his niece, but he wasn't able to free himself, according to the Montgomery Police Department,

Rider was underwater for about two minutes before being pulled out by lifeguards, according to Orange Beach police. He was air lifted to a Pensacola hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Rider had been employed with the police department since 2002. He had served in the patrol, traffic, juvenile and criminal investigations divisions. He was currently in command over the Special Victims and Domestic Violence units.

Rider's family released the following statement:

"Our family is saddened by the loss of Rian. He was a dedicated law enforcement officer with the Montgomery Police Department and spent his career helping those who were victims of domestic violence. More importantly, he was a beloved son, bother and uncle to his nephew Sean and niece Harley, who worshiped him. Rian was funny, sweet and thoughtful. He will be deeply missed. We ask for privacy over the next few days as we celebrate Rian's life and mourn his tragic death."

WSFA 12 News had a crew on the same area of the beach reporting on a story about the dangers of rip currents Thursday afternoon. Anchor Sally Pitts says she heard a call for help in the water, and lifeguards quickly got to the man.

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