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Search Ends for Missing Swimmer off Panhandle Beach

Red Flag Beach
Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 13:53:03-05

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they've suspended the search for a swimmer who went missing last week off a Florida Panhandle beach.

    

Northwest Florida Daily News (http://goo.gl/RPWYWG ) reported Tuesday that the Navarre Beach Fire Department has halted efforts to recover the body of 28-year-old Christopher Beal.

    

Beal went missing early Dec. 29 while swimming near the Navarre Beach pier. Officials say he got caught in a rip current.

    

Emergency management operations chief Tom Lloyd previously said red flags were flying at the beach, 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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