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Swimmers Ignoring Double Red Flags and Entering the Gulf

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Swimmers continue to ignore the warning flags and place themselves in danger. Double red flags were flying when the Panama City Beach Police began responding to over eleven water emergencies from sunset Saturday to noon Sunday.


Some local beach goers compared swimming in the Gulf of Mexico today to naive behavior like drunk driving or even walking into a burning building. Sunday afternoon around 2:00 pm a rescue was made for a distressed swimmer in front of MariSol Condominiums on Front Beach Road.

A common scene as Panama City Beach responds to ongoing water rescues. Along the beach you could see the red flags flying high and beach patrol boats made their rounds urging swimmers to get out of the water. Despite the warnings, public rescues and red flags people were still active in the strong Gulf current.

Reactions to the dangerous water conditions vary greatly if you ask a tourist, official and a local. According to Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman, "Some people when they come out here they will tell you, they spent a lot of money and they want to get in the water. We can't stop that, we try to educate them and we try our best but we can't be everywhere at once."