The spring break season claims its first victim; a 20-year-old Michigan college student was pronounced dead at an area hospital early Friday morning.
EMS crews responded to the Raccoon River Campground before 8:00 p.m. on Thursday regarding an unresponsive subject. The victim identified as Kyle Lamb from Potterville, Michigan was down in Panama City Beach for Spring Break.
Panama City Beach Police say witnesses saw lamb drinking earlier in the day, and decided to stay at the campground later that evening. When friends returned to check on him, they found him unresponsive and called 911.
"He was drinking a little bit earlier in the morning; they went out to the beach. He wasn't in the shape where he could go out with them. They came back and checked on him a few times. It sounds like his friends really cared about him because they were checking on him constantly." Chief Drew Whitman said.
Lamb's death is raising questions. What caused the young adult's death and was it preventable? Although there is no official cause of death, police believe it was alcohol related. Authorities officially ruled out foul play as a cause of death and are waiting on a pending autopsy.
Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Emergency Physician, Dr. Kevin Groves sees an increase in alcohol emergencies during Spring Break. "They come down here they have a good time, which we always want, but invariably there's a few that overdo it with the alcohol."
The dangers of alcohol are known by many; one can get alcohol poisoning, its side effects can cause traumas and there are even cases where victims will choke on their vomit, so the best advice is to never leave them alone.
"Please don't leave them; they have to be attended, someone has to be there to observe. It's going to be an all night affair, the party now over and you essentially have a child you're going to have to watch over." Groves said.
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A Spring Break visitor from Michigan died on Panama City Beach Wednesday night.
According to the Panama City Beach Police Department, they responded to Raccoon River Campground in reference to a medical call.
When officers arrived, they located Kyle D. Lamb, 20, from Pottersville, MI unresponsive. Mr. Lamb was transported to Bay Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
No foul play is suspected and the cause of death is pending an autopsy by the 14th Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner.