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News Story From A Reader In Panama City: Search & Rescue Searching For Swimmer

There are 39 comments on the story from Jul 6, 2013, titled News Story From A Reader In Panama City: Search & Rescue Searching For Swimmer. In it, reports that:

We are at Panama City Beach for the holiday staying near Pineapple Willys. Search and rescue searched all night into the early morning for a person that was in the ocean.

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Shores of Panama

United States

#1 Jul 6, 2013
We saw this also, my son was at pineapple Willy's and said it started about 9:30. When he got back to the condo, he said they were still searching. We stayed til the helicopter and land went in. Imwouldnlike an update also. Was hoping that maybe he was found safe, not in the water and maybe that was why there was not story about it. Please, keep us updated.
Concerned Vacationers

United States

#2 Jul 6, 2013
We are headed home now, but we were staying at Long Beach Resort & witnessed the same. We went down with flashlights to help search, didn't see anything, then went back to our condo where we watched from our balcony. We sent prayers up for the swimmer to be rescued & were hoping for an update, but haven't heard anything. If anyone hears any information, please update. Thanks!
Shores of Panama

United States

#3 Jul 6, 2013
It was a sickening sight when they went in. I cannot imagine the families sadness. I am hoping that maybe he got out somewhere, and that is why there wasn't anything in the news. It was awful, awful, awful
Twin Palms

United States

#4 Jul 6, 2013
Been looking EVERYWHERE for something on this!! We were in unit 801 at Twin Palms and watched it all too. We were wondering why the search just stopped. A lot of people were concerned and would like to know the ending to this scary story, especially if its a happy ending!
Ocean Villas

United States

#5 Jul 6, 2013
We have also been trying to find out information on this. Looked like a horrible tragedy but hoping for a happy ending since we can't find any mews on it.
Shores of Panama

United States

#6 Jul 6, 2013
We were 921, it was so dark... I figure one of 2 things, have to alert family members if there was bad news. Or it was all a false alarm, and maybe by the time the person was noticed missing, they had has time to disappear elsewhere than the ocean. I am hoping for the latter, but if that is the case, we will never see a follow up in it. Are any of you still in your condos? If so you may be able to inquire at your front desk. Please post if you find out something.
Long Beach

Nashville, TN

#7 Jul 6, 2013
Followed the activity from balcony. Two others staying with us were down around the scene and were told there were multiple people missing...original people who were in trouble and people going in to try to help them...the word was that no one came back out of the water. Anyone have story they know to be the facts?
Twin Palms

Alpharetta, GA

#8 Jul 6, 2013
We were also watching from Twin Palms and followed into the wee hours of the morning. Been praying for good news!! Would love to hear a positive update.
Shores of Panama

Lawrenceville, GA

#9 Jul 6, 2013
Also watched into the night, when we left early this morning just at day break, there was no activity which I thought was strange. I was hoping everyone was found. I asked at the front desk last night and I was told it was a father and a son?
After the horrible week PCB had,, good news would be nice!
Goofy Golf Memories

Ashburn, VA

#10 Jul 6, 2013
was this anywhere
near condo, " Whispering Seas"....on Surf Dr.?

I hope you will post more information...
One drowning is TOO MANY. The rip. tides had been
worse, than usual this summer.
Shores of Panama 921

United States

#11 Jul 6, 2013
I can only believe that something would have been in the news, if no one had been found. Or I would have thought there would have been more of a buzz, not business as usual. I would have thought the beach would have been closed also. Who would want to stumble on something so horrible, if they have not found them. I can't believe there is nothing on the news at all
Shores of Panama-Bham

Birmingham, AL

#12 Jul 6, 2013
Our family left out to head back home today and have been wondering the outcome of the search as well...We were also told from security that they were told it was a father and son but had not been found. Thoughts & prayers are with this family. Just wished we knew if they were found and okay.
Shores of Panama Stayer

Tucson, AZ

#13 Jul 6, 2013
My family and I also witnessed the search and rescue teams working hard into the night. We were staying at the Shores of Panama and stayed up until the search seemed to stop. Helplessness covered us as we covered the family, the victims, and the search and rescue workers in prayer. We do not know the outcome. We were told that the victims were a father and son and they had not been found. My heart is broken and the sight of the search and rescue squads will forever hold a place in mind. The water is dangerous right now.
Shores of Panama 921

United States

#14 Jul 6, 2013
I guess I am just not sure why it had not resumed this morning? Or why there was nothing on the news, what ages where these people? It made me sick, but I was relieved that all my family was accounted for. Such a sad story
Twin Palms

Lithonia, GA

#15 Jul 6, 2013
We were told by the woman on the balcony next door to us last night that her children (17-18) had been at pineapple willy's and had seen two older teens about the same age go out into the water. One came and asked for help, that he couldn't find his friend. Then went back in to search again and came back out, still without the friend. Will never be sure if this is the case ur father & son without some clarification from SOMEONE trustworthy. Just wish we really knew the truth and the outcome. This was, by far, the scariest thing I've ever seen!!!
Shores of Panama Stayer

Tucson, AZ

#16 Jul 6, 2013
We were also concerned on why the search came to an immediate stop last night and did not continue today. I was/am very thankful for the safety of my family. I will continue to pray hard! We were given this information by hotel staff. Like you said... we may never know the details but I know this affected many people.
Shores of panama 921

Chicago, IL

#17 Jul 6, 2013
I have still continued to search, to see if I could find ANYTHING, but still nothing. This is was very scary, and sad
marina deason

United States

#18 Jul 7, 2013
me and my boyfriend were at pine applewillys in panamá city beach late friday getting tee shirts and walked out on peir they were draging ocean for a 14 year old boy we were very worryed we drove home saterday morning we had no sleep we were to worryed.if anyone knows any info would be great i have been looking all day for any info thank you marina
paradise sound hotel

United States

#19 Jul 7, 2013
We were up all night late friday into saterday morning.we went to pine apple wily,s when we walked out on pier they said a boy 14 and friend were in ocean and one went under they could not find him we stayed there for hours while helecopter search boat was dragging no worryed we left to come home saterday morning nothing on news very concernd if anyone has info please let us know thank you. God bless
Princess Search Update

Warrior, AL

#20 Jul 7, 2013
We were at Princess Condo and also saw the search efforts and stayed up praying and watching as the plane flew in a grid pattern, back and forth all Friday night and well into Saturday morning. We prayed The Lord help and bless the search teams and strengthen them to find who they were looking for. I have searched but can not find any updates or information. The search did seem to come to an abrupt stop. I don't know if it was due to weather or if they had found someone. I will continue to pray for the people/person who is missing and their family. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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