Panama City Beach- Sunny skies, hot temperatures, and a relaxing atmosphere-the makings of a perfect beach day, but last weekend it was a recipe for disaster.
"We were having call after call. People were going in the water, we were pulling them out," said Panama City Beach Police Officer Shaun Maguadog.
Extreme rip currents had Panama City Beach rescue officials stretched thin Saturday.
"As soon as we'd leave one spot and get someone out of the water, we had another person in the water needing to get pulled out," said Maguadog.
Among the more than 30 distress calls, there were also three confirmed deaths related to the rough waters.
"It was just all up and down the beach," said Maguadog.
Maguadog said it was the most dangerous day he can remember in the four years he's been with the department.
"We've had lots of calls before, but to have three fatalities in one day is pretty severe," said Maguadog.
The conditions may have been the result of a weak tropical system to our south. Nothing threatening to develop yet but enough to make for a deadly day on the waters.
"The water's just not safe for them," said Maguadog.
But just as weather can change in an instant, so can the rip current threat. Beach officials downgraded to single red flags Sunday along the 18 miles of beach.
Beach rescuers still responded to a handful of distress calls, but of those they said nobody was seriously injured.
"Right now the water appears calmer," said Maguadog.
It was certainly a welcomed sight for the droves of beach goers and also for the rescue crews, who like the waters, dealt with a much calmer day.
"All you really can do is educate the people," said Maguadog.