U.S Coast Guard ends search for missing 9-year-old last seen swimming near Panama Beach

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UPDATE 9/19/2021: On September 19, 2021, the U.S Coast Guard ended its search for a missing 9-year-old boy Sunday who was last seen swimming near Gulf Resort Beach in Panama City, Florida. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission divers recovered a body matching the boy’s description.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a notification at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday from Bay County Sheriff’s Office personnel of two missing swimmers, a 28-year-old male and a 9-year-old boy, who was last seen entering the water at approximately 6:40 p.m.

An FWC officer recovered a body that matched the description of the 28-year-old male.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Station Panama City
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Bay County Sherriff’s Office

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The US Coast Guard has reported that a search is underway for a 9-year-old boy who went missing while swimming near Panama City, Fla., on Saturday.

The boy was last seen wearing green shorts when he and a 28-year-old man entered the water at approximately 6:40 p.m. Initially both were reported missing, but the man was found unresponsive by an officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a notification at approximately 7 p.m. from Bay County Sheriff’s Office personnel of two missing swimmers, a 28-year-old male and a 9-year-old boy, who were last seen entering the water at approximately 6:40 p.m.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer recovered the 28-year-old male unresponsive.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Station Panama City boat crew and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans aircrew to assist.

The Coast Guard is still searching for the boy alongside Bay County Sherriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

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