Panhandle Drownings

Officials say two swimmers drowned off Panama City Beach in rough surf and dangerous rip currents and nearly a dozen were pulled from the water.

After a call for help from two girls, a man went into the water to help them. The man died at Bay Medical Center.

The second drowning was a 15-year-old girl from Trussville.

Authorities say they are doing all they can to keep people out
of the water and keep them safe. Red flags have been flying for several days to warn people of dangerous conditions.

Last month nine people drowned in Walton, Okaloosa and Escambia counties. Nearly 40 others were rescued from rough waters and riptides.