A 52-year-old Wyoming man is the year's seventh drowning victim on Florida Panhandle beaches where at least 24 people died in 2003.
The crew of a Coast Guard boat pulled Arthur Joseph Wells of Cheyenne from the Gulf of Mexico near Destin Wednesday.
Coast Guard personnel administered CPR while returning to shore. But Wells was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Sacred Heart Hospital in Santa Rosa Beach.
After last year's drowning deaths, officials increased warning flags and signs along about 125 miles of beachfront while adding more lifeguards and safety patrols.
But most beaches remain unguarded particularly after Labor Day, including those in Destin.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.