Alabama girl drowns in Gulf

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (AP) - A 9-year-old Alabama girl has died after swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

Rescue crews pulled Jada Grier from the water Tuesday after she became distressed and rushed her to the hospital. She was airlifted in critical condition to another facility and died a day later.

Jada was visiting Panama City Beach on a retreat with a Birmingham, Ala., youth group.

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