A student from Florida A & M University lost his life in a boating incident in St. Andrew’s Bay that took place on Sunday, March 15. The tragic incident occurred close to Panama City cost in St. Andrew’s Bay.
According to the details shared by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the student lost his life in an attempt to save another person who was in distress. However, the student then himself became distressed and drowned.
The student has been identified as Te-Andre Brown, 21. Brown was a business administration senior at the university. He was also an Army ROTC student.
FWC is yet to reveal the full details surrounding the incident. However, according to the details shared so far, it appears that Brown was traveling in a pontoon boat at the time when the incident occurred. There were nearly ten other people in the boat. Of these, one of them probably went overboard and was in distress.
It was then that Brown decided to help the person in distress. He jumped into the water to help the other victim. However, he didn’t resurface after diving underwater. His body couldn’t be recovered and as of now, there is no confirmation that the body has been found. Coast Guard and FWC teams were involved in the search for his body.
It is also not clear at this time whether or not the other victim, whom Brown was trying to help, survived the incident. The Dean of the School of Business and Industry at FAMU shared condolences and regretted the loss of Brown on behalf of the department and the university. According to Dean Friday-Stroud, Brown was a very professional and caring young person who had a lot of potential in him. The Dean extended prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of the deceased.
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