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March 21, 2003

N E W S   R E L E A S E

A Crestview teenager has died of apparent drowning after being pulled under water by currents in the Gulf of Mexico. Jerry Lee Brown, age 18 (4-23-1984), of 1619 North Pearl Street, Crestview, was located in the surf after a search of approximately 15 minutes. He was transported by Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services to Fort Walton Beach Regional Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown and a friend, Jay Pecora, age 19, of Crestview, encountered trouble in the waters off Okaloosa Island behind the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort at approximately 1:30 this afternoon (Friday afternoon). Two others who went to the area to assist also encountered trouble. Lifeguards, Okaloosa Island Firefighters, and bystanders searched for Brown, who remained missing in the water after the other three had reached safety.

Yellow caution flags were displayed along the beach at the time of the incident.


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(850) 651-7420