PCBPD: 2 drowning deaths bring 2018 total to 8

Seven of the drownings have occurred in the past month.


The Panama City Beach (Fla.) Journal is reporting a student at Lexington High School was one of two drowning victims in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast yesterday afternoon.

Tyler Spann, 15, was swimming early this afternoon when he became distressed. The other drowning happened in a separate incident.


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(Photo: ~Courtesy of Bill Mckim)

PANAMA CITY BEACH — An already deadly month in the Gulf of Mexico turned even deadlier Tuesday as two more swimmers, including a teenager, died after being pulled from the surf in separate incidents.

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Spann from Lexington, Tenn., was pronounced dead at a local hospital after he was found unresponsive by Beach and Surf Patrol employees behind Bikini Beach Resort about 1:30 p.m. According to the Panama City Beach Police Department, Spann had been swimming in the Gulf when he became distressed, and his body was recovered a short time later.

Less than three hours later and 3 miles down the beach, a 60-year-old unidentified male was pronounced dead at the scene behind Dunes of Panama at 4:12 p.m., according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Guests in the pool and hot tub area of Dunes of Panama stood stark still as they watched rescuers attempt CPR on the man laying in the white sand. One man, who declined to be identified, said the victim was “gray” when he was pulled out of the water and “didn’t think he made it.” On the beach, visibly shaken onlookers held each other. At least four nurses had run over to help, but they declined to comment on what they saw.

A short time later, a body wrapped in a sheet was loaded into a BCSO truck as investigators attempted to console and take statements from family members still standing in shock on the beach.

Yellow flags were flying Tuesday during both incidents.

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