The bodies of three swimmers, missing after reportedly being swept away by strong currents in the Gulf of Mexico were found near Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, local media is reporting.
The victims — an adult female, juvenile male and juvenile female — are family members of a U.S. Marine, as confirmed by NAS through the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, according to a report by WEAR in Pensacola.
The search began around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The body of the adult female was found late Wednesday night, with the two juveniles found Thursday morning following an overnight search by multiple agencies.
Thursday’s news continues a summer of tragedy along the Florida Panhandle. With these three deaths, at least 16 people have drowned in waters off the northwest Florida coast since the start of June.