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2 TOURISTS DROWN IN THE GULF OFF PANAMA CITY BEACH

 

It started as a single red flags Sunday morning, but was quickly upgraded to double red as first responders performed a number of water rescues throughout the day. Panama City Beach police and Beach fire rescue arrived at the beach near Crane street and Front beach road in response to a distressed swimmer. The swimmer was pulled from the water shortly after 2 o’clock. First responders and bystanders performed CPR at the scene before transporting the patient to a nearby hospital. The man pulled from the water has been identified as 59-year-old Jeffrey Simms of West Virginia. Despite life-saving measures, Simms passed away. Single red flags were flying at the time. Another drowning death happening shortly after, this one behind the Long Beach resort. Witnesses said 41-year-old Jesse Spaulding of West Virginia, was swimming when he was caught in a rip current. Spaulding was pulled to shore by bystanders as they began CPR. He was transported to a hospital where he later died.

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