Every third digital camera user drops his device, and 30% of these people drop their cameras in the water. Dropping your device in the water has more chances to damage camera than falling on the ground or asphalt. But even if you dropped your camera in the water you would still have chance to save it.
First, drowning camera needs to be put out from the water and then you need to take out the battery and the memory card. Then it is necessary to shake out the water left inside. Moreover if you put the device from the sea (you’re lucky to have been on the shore this year) you’d need to wash it with fresh water (at least you find less salt there). If you can find spirit or distilled water, which are hard to find during vacation on the shore, use it. If you think that it leaves tracks on the matrix of the camera, it won’t get any worse.
When you have shaken out the water wipe photo camera optics, then clean it as usual. Put the device in water absorbency material. Now you need to wait until the inside part of the device dries up. After 8 hours you can try using it or prepare the money for service. Anyway the camera needs to be tested on the mud and track presence.