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NEW INFORMATION: Kerry Vermillion 911 call
PENSACOLA BEACH -- New information surrounding the death of Baptist Health Care Executive Kerry Vermillion.
Vermillion disappeared October 18th, during a boating trip with several co-workers.
His body was pulled from Santa Rosa Sound two days later.
We now have the 911 calls his friends made when they realized something was wrong.
The first call came in around 6:15
"We need help. We are out across from Portofino. We are, like maybe two miles out and one of our boatmates has gone missing. He was swimming to the back of the boat and he didn't come up. We need help quickly."
Maria Halpin made that 911 call, about two weeks ago.
She went on a boating trip with two senior vice presidents at Baptist Health Care, Kerry Vermillion, and David Wildebrandt.
Also on board, fellow Baptist employee... Lea McLoughlin.
They told investigators they were swimming in the Santa Rosa Sound at sundown, but didn't realize until later that Vermillion did not return to the boat.
"We are the only ones out here, we need someone to help us we cant find him....((crying))."
Emergency crews had a tough time locating them because based on Halpin's call they thought the boat was in the gulf, not the sound, when help had not arrived, David Wildebrandt called 911 about an hour later.
"She doesn't even know, she wasn't even with us, I told her, I ran over there, I've been swimming forever looking for him."
In the Florida Fish and Wildlife investigators report, Wildebrandt says the women were with him and he drove them back to the dock because they were cold...
"I found the charger but didn't have any way to call, ran in cause people I knew and got them to call and ran back out there 'cause I didn't want to leave, I thought you guys would be here."
Meanwhile he continued searching for his friend.
"He's a great swimmer, he's a triathlete, he's great. What happened. He just went under, never came up, he never.. how can that happen. I thought he was kidding. I thought he was kidding, It was sunset, it was just, I don't know. He was at the bow, I came to the stern. I was like.. I went to the bow and he wasn't there, it was almost like two minutes. I was like, 'Oh my God, he's not coming up.'"
Dispatcher: Yes sir, I'm so sorry. I swam, I got under the boat, got anywhere, he never came up, how can he not come up?"
Vermillion's body was found two days later.
Florida Fish and Wildlife is investigating the death and says the Medical Examiner's report will be released after toxicology reports are done.
Last week, David Wildebrandt resigned as Senior Vice President for Baptist Health Care.
Halpin and McLoughlin are still employed at Baptist.
You can hear more of the 911 call at our website under Raw News.