NAVARRE BEACH — The search for a missing swimmer on Navarre Beach has ended as Hurricane Michael approaches land.
Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh said they ended the search because of the hurricane and will not resume it until after the storm passes.
“We’ve got other priorities of people who actually listen to the double-red flag,” Fureigh said.
At about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a man believed to be about 30 years old entered the Gulf of Mexico wearing flippers about a quarter-mile east of the Navarre Beach Pier. He never resurfaced, Fire Rescue officials said.
Fureigh said video footage of the man entering the Gulf was provided to the fire department.
Crews patrolled the Gulf every hour in search of the man until the storm neared land.
Fureigh also said there was video footage of the man entering the Gulf provided to the fire department.
Meanwhile , double-red flags continue flying along the Emerald Coast.
Earlier Wednesday morning, Okaloosa County Beach Safety received a call about four people swimming in the Gulf.
Beach Safety Chief Rich Huffnagle said the swimmers left when they saw the lights on beach safety vehicles approaching.
According to Huffnagle, swimming is not permitted in Okaloosa County while double-red flags are present. The exemption is surfers who have leashes on their boards.