Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett died on Tuesday after drowning at a beach in Destin, Florida.
While an investigation is still underway, officials did say that there were “no rip currents” present when Mallett drowned.
“Flag condition was yellow. A yellow flag indicates medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents,” Destin Beach Safety said. “There were no rip currents present in the area in which we responded to Ryan Mallett.”
Mallett began struggling while attempting to swim to a second sandbar about 150 feet offshore, according to investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
“Two lifeguards promptly entered the water to assist the swimmers and recover the submerged individual. An additional lifeguard entered to help locate and rescue the submerged swimmer.
“Once the patient was brought to shore, lifeguards along with the help of Destin Fire paramedics immediately commenced life-saving measures.”
A police report from earlier this week revealed seven people have died at nearby Panama City Beach this year and all the deaths took place in June. The death toll is the highest of any U.S. beach for 2023, according to data tracked by the National Weather Service.
Destin Beach Safety said there were no drownings in Destin between June 14 and June 25, but there were 48 people rescued. It was noted that the beach also saw more than 200,000 visitors during the same time frame.
After the New England Patriots, QB Ryan Mallett spent time with the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Mallett was an Arkansas Razorbacks legend during his time there in 2009 and 2010. He began his college career at Michigan, but transferred to Fayetteville and became a star.
In February 2022, Mallett took over as the head football coach at White Hall High School in Arkansas.
Fox News’ Scott Thompson and Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.