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Search Continues for Missing Swimmer off Panhandle Beach

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 05:30:59-05

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say the search for a swimmer missing off a Florida Panhandle beach has become a search and recovery mission.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's spokesman Rich Aloy says the search for 28-year-old Christopher Beal of Crestview was suspended Tuesday evening because of inclement weather.

Aloy tells the Northwest Florida Daily News (http://bit.ly/1VpsEWP ) the recovery mission will continue on Wednesday.

Beal went missing early Tuesday while swimming near the Navarre Beach pier. Officials say he got caught in a rip current.

Emergency management operations chief Tom Lloyd says red flags were flying at the beach on Tuesday, warning swimmers of dangerous rip currents.

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Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), http://www.nwfdailynews.com

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12/30/2015 7:46:08 AM (GMT -5:00)