One person has drowned and four others have been hospitalized after being pulled from rough Gulf of Mexico waters at Panama City Beach today.
In addition, at least nine others were rescued but were not hospitalized.
Double red flags have been flying since early Tuesday because of rip currents created by the swells and surf associated with Hurricane Dolly, hundreds of miles southwest of here.
Today’s drowning victim has been identified as Jeffery Everitt, 56, from Georgia. He was swimming in the Gulf behind the Majestic, which is in the Long Beach area, when he was apparently overcome by the rip currents and rough surf.
Double Red Flags continue to fly at Panama City Beach. This means the Gulf waters are closed to all. Despite the flags people still ignore them and create a busy day for local Paramedics, Police and Fire personnel.