Triathlete Found Dead in Gulf Surf

A man was found floating face down in the Gulf of Mexico in the Long Beach area behind Pineapple Willies at Panama City Beach Monday morning.

The emergency call went out about 9:15 a.m. and when paramedics arrived they found Panama City Beach firefighters already giving CPR to the victim.

He was rushed to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

His identity is being withheld until relatives overseas are notified. He was a 53-year-old triathlete from Sweden and was here with his wife and children training for Saturday's Iron Man competition when he died.

An autopsy is being performed to determine if the man actually drowned or died from other causes. Blue swimming flags were flying at the time of the mishap.


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