Man Drowns

A Chinese man is dead after drowning in the dangerous waters of Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle.

Police say swimmers in the area attempted to help the 26-year-old man, who was visiting on business from Shanghai, China, but were unable to reach him in time Monday.

Strong rip currents were present along the beach, and officers and lifeguards were ordering people out of the water throughout the day.

The Panhandle has a reputation of being among the most dangerous areas in the nation for swimming. More than 40 people have drowned over the past three years on about 125 miles of beaches from the Florida-Alabama state line to just East of Panama City.