- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - During their inaugural season, the seven lifeguards stationed on Panama City Beach pulled 121 people they felt were in danger from the water and recorded no drownings.

The program was such a success that Bay County officials say they’ll continue it next year, starting Memorial Day weekend.

Over the course of the season that ended Oct. 2, lifeguards counted 126,373 beachgoers in their coverage area. The primary rescues occurred within 150 feet in each direction of their lifeguard towers.

The News Herald (https://bit.ly/2fMXj45 ) reports commissioners had discussed a lifeguard program for years. Last week they lauded the results.

The lifeguards also dealt with 28 major medical issues and 513 minor medial problems. Officials say they also found 75 lost people, including a 4-year-old who was separated from his family.



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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, https://www.newsherald.com

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