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Three drown off Panhandle beaches over weekend

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two swimmers and a kayaker
drowned off Panhandle beaches over the Easter weekend.

The Destin Fire Control District says 39-year-old Joseph Jones
from Riverdale, Ga., died Friday after going into the water off
Destin to help others caught in a rip current. The others survived.

An unidentified airman stationed at Eglin Air Force Base drowned
later Friday after being caught in a rip current also off Destin
while tossing a football back and forth in waist-deep water with
his brother-in-law.

Authorities say red flags warning beach goers to stay out of the
water because of the rip currents flew throughout the weekend.

Fourteen-year-old Trevor Mills of Panama City Beach died Sunday night following a kayaking accident in the Gulf of Mexico.


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