Man dies after reportedly diving off a boat at Crab Island

A Fort Walton Beach man died Saturday after reportedly diving into waters on the northwest side of Crab Island near Destin, FL.

Witnesses say 40-year old Craig Hanrahan dove off the center console boat around 3:15 p.m. and was began floating face down. He had to be pulled from the water, which is typically two to three feet deep in that general area.

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department, Hanrahan was loaded onto a pontoon boat and rushed to the Coast Guard Station, but was later pronounced dead at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

44-year old Travis Forbes of Georgia was critically injured June 27th in a similar accident at Crab Island.

Back in June, a Georgia man was pulled from the water unconscious after diving off a pontoon boat and hitting his head on the bottom of Crab Island. According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, two men on the boat with the 40-year old pulled him quickly from the water and began CPR. The man told them he could not feel his arms just before he lost consciousness.

Safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Never dive into shallow water. Always inspect the depth of the water to make sure it is deep enough for diving.
  • If you have any doubt, enter feet first always.
  • Never dive into above-ground pools.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or during swimming, diving, or boating. Alcohol affects balance, coordination and judgment.

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