Authorities identify teen who drowned on Pensacola Beach

Authorities identify teen who drowned on Pensacola Beach

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ESCO) has identified an 18-year-old vacationer as the person who drowned on Pensacola Beach on Thursday.

Spokeswoman Amber Southard told Channel 3 News Sarano Walter was vacationing in the area when he and a friend decided to go out for swim.

Southard said the current was rough so the two decided to return to shore. Sarano’s friends manage to make it back to shore. Sarano was found hours later and pronounced dead on scene.

We checked and Thursday the ‘green flags’ were flying.

Pensacola Beach Water Safety Chief for Escambia County, Dave Greenwood, told Channel 3 News a green flag means “swim with usual care”.

He also had a word of caution for anyone going into the water.

“You come to the beach and it looks beautiful and sometimes people overlook the dangers of going out in a natural environment."

The incident happened before 8:30 a.m. Thursday east of Portofino.

At last report, Sarano’s friend was listed in critical condition.

For tips on how to swim in a riptide, click here.

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