Man Drowns In Double Red Flag Conditions

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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Panama City Beach police say a man who went swimming, despite double red flags flying, drowned Saturday night.

Police were called to the Chateau Motel at 12525 Front Beach Road, about 6:00 p.m., in reference to two swimmers in distress. Both swimmers had a flotation device. One of them made it back to shore. The other, lost his grip and got caught in the undertow.

Beach police, the Coast Guard , Florida Fish & Wildlife, along with a helicopter, searched for the missing swimmer, but came up empty.

The swimmer’s body was found about 5 hours later, next to the county pier. Police identified the swimmer as Tony Underwood, Jr. from Rex, Georgia.

Double red flags mean dangerous surf conditions exist and the water is closed to swimmers. While it is not recommended, you are allowed to get in the water when double red flags are flying, if you have a flotation device that attaches to you and you are an experienced swimmer.