The man is the fourth person to die at or near Crab Island since Memorial Day weekend.
DESTIN — Authorities say a Texas man has died after he was pulled from the water July 14 while trying to swim to Crab Island.
Hamza Abusabeel, 28, from Dallas, Texas died July 16, two days after friends say he tried to swim from the northwest corner of the Marler Bridge to Crab Island. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced his death on Monday.
According to the sheriff’s office, two separate friends tried unsuccessfully to talk Abusabeel out of his plan to swim across the channel because the current was too strong.
After several minutes, they lost sight of him in the water. A friend then spotted Abusabeel face down in the channel. Abusabeel was pulled to shore by another man and CPR was initiated until first responders arrived.
Abusabeel remained in the Intensive Care Unit of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center until he passed away two days later.
Four people have died at or near Crab Island this year.
A man from Mobile, Alabama died May 26 in an apparent drowning at the popular boating and party spot. Authorities say 36-year-old Essie Mitchell had gone down a slide into the water and was spotted a short time later floating face down.
On the morning of July 5, the body of 20-year-old Pethiley Deusete Lopez Maximo of Destin was found by divers after friends told deputies he was last seen wading in waist-high water the night before, near the west side of the Marler Bridge. He had attended a Fourth of July beach party that night.
And this past weekend, an 18-year-old Pensacola man is believed to have drowned after he floated away in a strong current and was unable to get back to his pontoon boat on Crab Island. Two bystanders on another boat attempted to save him but were unsuccessful and had to receive medical attention themselves.
Zion Foster’s body was found by Sheriff’s Office divers early Sunday morning.