Man Dies in Double Red Flag Waters

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of man who drowned in the Sunnyside area of Panama City Beach today. Ronald Anderson, age 68, was observed walking in shallow water, falling face first into the water, and was then pulled onto the sand by witnesses. Anderson was taken to a local hospital where he died. Ronald Anderson was a visitor to Panama City Beach from Clinton, Tennessee.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Beach Patrol continues to post double red flags this afternoon on the unincorporated beaches in Bay County due to hazardous swimming conditions. Double red flags indicate NO SWIMMING in area waters.

Earlier this afternoon two men were pulled from the water and both were transported to local hospitals for further treatment. The first incident occurred at 5004 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach at Treasure Island Condominiums. The man, a visitor to the beach, appeared to become exhausted fighting against a rip current. Witnesses pulled him from the water. It is believed at this time he will recover. The second incident took place in the Sunnyside area of Panama City Beach. Witnesses stated they watched a man walking in shallow water fall face first into the water. When he did not get up, they helped pull him onto shore. This man, in his mid 60’s, from Tennessee, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

Visitors and locals must remain out of the water when double red flags are posted. Water conditions are monitored throughout the day. Double red flags will remain posted until water conditions improve.

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