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Jefferson County couple helps in rescue of 9 distressed swimmers at Panama City Beach

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 11 2017 7:30 AM

What was supposed to be a dinner at the beach turned into a rescue operation for two Alabama natives who saw a group of people drowning at Panama City Beach.  

Jessica and Derek Simmons were enjoying time with family before the drowning happened near the M.B. Miller County Pier around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Jefferson County couple moved to Panama City last year after Derek Simmons accepted a management position.

As she swam with family members, Jessica Simmons noticed something was wrong when she saw the flashing police lights on the boardwalk. She thought someone was getting a ticket at first, but everyone's attention was focused on the water. Then she thought it was a shark and started to get out the water.

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