Man Dies After 7-Story Beach Balcony Fall

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Michigan man has died after falling seven stories from a Panama City Beach hotel balcony.

Investigators say 22-year-old Aaron Scott Thompson, who was visiting from Kalamazoo, Mich., attempted to climb down the outside railing of the hotel balcony Saturday night when he slipped and fell.

The News Herald of Panama City reports that a hotel security guard had talked to Thompson before Thompson began climbing the outside of the building.

Investigators are awaiting an official medical examiner's report, but they say it appears the death was accidental.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    When you visit Panama City Beach the hotels have doors and exits, you should never try to climb down out of the hotels.This is such a sad thing that this has happen. The young man will be missed by his family,and everybody that knew him.The world will never know what treasures he may have been able to give from a long life lived. Prayers go out to his family.
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