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UPDATE: Missing Swimmer's Body Found

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The body of a missing Georgia man was found Sunday morning, nearly 16 hours after he went missing in the water off of Panama City Beach.

At about 6:30pm Sunday night, 27-year-old Jamarcus Bell entered the crashing waves to help his friends make it back to shore safely. His friends did make it to shore safely, but Bell did not.

"Well I had been hoping and praying all night that they would at least be able to find him so that his family could have some kind of closure," said Mandi Strode, Witness.

The Panama City Beach Police, the Bay County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Coast Guard searched the beach, into the night.

"We cant find him, he should be out there and he might be out there, but Mother Nature doesn't want him to be found," said Sean Seagan, witness.

Mother Nature finally let up the next day around 10:00 am, when the BCSO located his body by helicopter.

"They advised us that they found him about 150 yards off shore, still underwater a little bit," said Corporal Chris Boyer, Panama City Beach Police.  "At that point our Beach and Surf(patrol) went out and recovered the body."

"When they stopped and kind of hovered I kind just figured that they had seen something and that when all the authorities started making there way closer and that when we knew that they had found him," said Strode.

Once the body was recovered on shore. It was turned over to the Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy.

Boyer said the main obstacle in the search process was the darkness during the night hours.

At the time of the incident, the flags on the beach were yellow. Witnesses say it was an eye opener.

"It's just kind of surreal and I have had to just tell my boys that when mommy and daddy talk to you about not going out to far.. there is always a reason, " said Strode.

This incident comes three weeks after former Auburn basketball player,  Korvotney Barber, also fell victim to rough gulf waters in the Panama City Beach area.

 

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Panama City Beach Police Department responded to a water rescue Saturday shortly after 6:35 directly behind the Grand Panama Beach Resort. When officers arrived witnesses stated 27 year old, Jamarcus Codarrel Bell of Hephzibah, Georgia entered the Gulf of Mexico to aid one of his friends out in the water. Once in the Gulf he was swept away and has not been seen since. The search for Codarrel has the United States Coast Guard, Bay County Sheriff's Office and the Panama City Police Department working together in order to recover the missing Georgia man.