A Texas man pulled from the water on the southwest side of Destin’s Marler Bridge July 14th died two days later at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center as a result of drowning.
A friend told Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies he tried unsuccessfully to talk 28-year old Hamza Abusabeel of Dallas out of his plan to swim from the northwest corner of the bridge to Crab Island around 6:30 p.m. Another individual also told Abusabeel not to try because the current was too strong. After several minutes they lost sight of him in the water. His friend then spotted Abusabeel face down in the channel. Abusabeel was pulled to shore by another man and CPR was initiated until first responders arrived.
Abusabeel remained in the Intensive Care Unit of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center until he passed away July 16th.