Peachtree City man drowns in Panama City

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Mark Huffman
Mark Huffman

A Peachtree City man drowned in Panama City, Fla., on June 19. Efforts to revive him on the shore were unsuccessful.

Mark William Huffman, 61, was pulled from the water behind Dunes of Panama just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Panama City News Herald.

Bystanders had pulled Huffman from the water by the time Bay County deputies arrived and were performing CPR, news reports said.

Upon reaching shore, Huffman had no pulse, deputies reported. CPR did not revive him, and he was pronounced dead on scene, the News Herald said.

A witness on shore reportedly noticed Huffman was face-down in the water and began screaming for help. Another swimmer, 31-year-old Jordan Rogers of Groves, Texas, swam over and pulled Huffman in from about 25 yards offshore, assisted by two other swimmers, according to news reports.

Earlier in the day, 15-year-old Tyler Spann of Lexington, Tenn., also was pulled unresponsive from the water near Bikini Beach Resort.

The News Herald reported that Huffman was the seventh person to drown in Bay County this year and the sixth in the past month.

His obituary is here.