Double Red Flags Fly on Area Beaches

This story was updated at 3:57 p.m.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced today they have received 42 water related calls and 2 water distress calls for service in the unincorporated areas of Panama City Beach. Currently double red flags are posted for Bay County beaches. Double red flags are a warning beaches are closed to swimmers due to hazardous swimming conditions.

At about 10 a.m. this morning, deputies responded to a swimmer in distress call at about the 23011 Front Beach Road area on Panama City Beach.

Deputy Tim Justice responded and went into the water to assist a male swimmer that was fighting a rip current. Deputy Justice attempted a rescue and also grew dangerously tired. At this time Sgt. David Higgins entered the water and gave assistance. With both deputies working together they were able to get the exhausted man to shore. He was taken to a local hospital where he remains.

Deputy Tim Justice suffered some adverse affects from the water rescue and was also taken to a local hospital. He has been treated and released.

Entering the water to swim during posted double red flags is a misdemeanor in Bay County and violators can be arrested. Those that enter waters during times of high hazard conditions not only place themselves at risk, but also risk the lives of those that enter the water to rescue them.
Bay County Beaches are flying double red flags today due to hazardous swimming conditions.

According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, double red flags are posted on the beaches due to high surf and strong currents. A county ordinance requires that beaches be closed when double red flags are flying.

The flags will be maintained on all Bay County beaches for the remainer of Monday, June 10.

Double red flags can also been seen on Panama City beaches. According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials posted double red flags along Panama City Beach after several swimmers had to be pulled from the rough water.

A 17-year-old boy and a 22-year-old woman from Tennessee were pulled from the water about 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. About the same time, rescuers helped a woman in her 70s who was struggling in the Gulf nearby.

All three were taken to the hospital but none of their injuries appeared life threatening.

Authorities say Charles Glenn Adams of Panama City Beach drowned Saturday evening. He was unresponsive when he was pulled to shore about 7 p.m.

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