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Tennessee Teen, Senior Man Drown Within Three Hours in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - The Gulf waters took the lives of two people on Tuesday in Panama City Beach. The deaths follow two drownings just this past weekend.

"There was a lot of prayer circles happening. Everyone was here trying to support the family," Ben Trahan, a witness, said.

Two families need your thoughts or prayers after losing their loved ones to the Gulf.

"It was a pretty tough moment," Trahan said.

"You're supposed to be on vacation. You're supposed to be having a good time and something awful like this happens," Kristine Grenon, a mother at the beach said. 

At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities responded to the beach near the Majestic Beach Resort.

That's where they pulled 15-year-old Tyler Spann from the water.

Trahan said the Lexington,Tennessee visitor wasn't swimming very far from shore.

"Probably about 150 feet, not very much farther than everybody else is right now," he said.

Yellow flags were flying.

"We saw everybody going out with their rafts looking for them. A man holds up his red flag like, 'we found him'," Trahan said.

Kristine Grenon is a mother of two young boys.

"It's scary. I mean, every day that you come out here you always worry about things like that," she said.

Not a single lifeguard was stationed nearby.

"I think we should really think about getting some lifeguards out here so this doesn't ever have to happen again," Grenon said.

About three hours later, and about seven miles down the beach, Bay County Sheriff's Office emergency responders pulled a 60-year-old man from the Gulf behind the Dunes of Panama on Thomas drive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Lifeguards were nearby at this incident.

Yellow flags were flying at both drownings.

Tyler Spann was pronounced dead at Bay Medical's Beach ER.
 


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