10-year-old boy killed by log in surf at Alabama beach

FORT MORGAN, Ala. -- A boy from St. Louis died during a family vacation when rough surf kicked up by a tropical storm sent a large log crashing down on him.

The 10-year-old was in Alabama when he was fatally struck in front of his family's condominium Wednesday morning.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office reports that officers initially arrived about 10:30 a.m. for reports of a possible drowning.

His father told investigators that the 10-year-old was only standing a few feet from the front door.

He was between the large log and the door when the wave washed in, officials from the sheriff's office said.

The wave slammed into the beach log, sending it rolling toward the home. The boy had severe head injuries from the accident; WKRG-TV reports the boy’s skull was crushed by the log.

The child's father said he noticed the large wave approaching the area where his son was standing and tried to help after the wave came crashing in.

The boy was taken inside the condo, and the father and a witness attempted to resuscitate him and called for medical assistance.

Fire and EMS crews arrived and attempted resuscitation, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The child was taken to the Department of Forensic Science in Mobile where an autopsy will be performed.  He has not been identified.

Authorities said his family was vacationing from the St. Louis area. They were part of a large group at the beach for a reunion.

Several family members witnessed it. They are currently contacting people from the St. Louis area about the accident.

Huge waves pounded the shoreline Wednesday as tropical storm Cindy churned slowly toward the Gulf Coast, where millions of residents are bracing for heavy rain and potential flash flooding.

At least 17 million people are under a tropical storm warning from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border.